I am honored and excited to join the Woodside team this year. I’ve been in the classroom for over 18 years. I received my master’s degree in mild/moderate disabilities, an educational therapy certification in 2005, and my mild/moderate credential in 2006 from San Francisco State University. In February of 2019, I completed my administrative services credential.
My journey into education started in the classroom at the Hope Technology School in Palo Alto, a global leader within the special needs community. I worked as a paraeducator with 1st-4th graders for the first four years. I taught 3rd grade for 2 years. For 12 years, I’ve taught 5th-8th grade. Before coming to Woodside, I spent the last 4 years as a Learning Center teacher at Nesbit Elementary in Belmont with 5th-8th graders.
I hope to inspire every student to DREAM it, BELIEVE it, ACHIEVE it and I love this quote by Rita Pierson “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
My desire to impact the lives of children goes beyond the classroom setting. I spent 6 years as a live-in nanny (3 neuro-typically developing girls and 2 boys with significant needs). Also, I had the opportunity to travel to Russia to spend time with orphans while repairing their orphanage. Additionally, I went to Nairobi, Kenya, to help launch a soccer program for children with special needs, facilitating parent education, and volunteer training on various needs.
On a more personal note, I’ve been married for 17 years to Tyrone U. Jones II. We have two boys who will be attending Woodside this year in 3rd & 6th grades.
In my free time, I love spending quality time with family and friends. I enjoy riding bikes, playing volleyball, frisbee, football, roller skating, watching sports, traveling, going to the movies, and eating at different restaurants. The thing I love most of all is just sitting on the couch, cuddling with my boys.