I am honored and excited to spend another year with the Woodside community. I’ve been in the classroom for over 20 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 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.” It brings me great joy seeing my students grow!
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 20+ years to Tyrone U. Jones II. We have two boys that have been a part of the Woodside Family!
In my free time, I love spending quality time with family and friends. I enjoy working out, traveling, playing volleyball, watching my sons play football & soccer, rollerblading/roller skating, and eating at different restaurants. The thing I love most of all is sitting on the couch, cuddling with my boys.