I am a lifelong resident of Richmond, CA. I lived with my parents and 4 sisters in the war housing on S 45th St and attended Nystrom Elementary School. I continued my education K-12 in Richmond, graduating from Richmond Union High School in 1966. My degrees include an AA from Contra Costa College, a BA from San Jose State Univ and my teaching certificate from SF State Univ. I continued with coursework at UC Berkeley to become an English Language Development teacher for K-adult and worked closely with the immigrant population for many years.
I bought my home in Richmond in 1975 and have lived there continuously, teaching at Richmond High School and serving as Adjunct Professor at CSU Hayward. As a Teacher Leader with CSUH and WCCUSD, and the School to Career Coordinator for 10 years, I always believed that our students would learn best if they were proud of the history of our city, its’ current policy-makers and community activities and if they were themselves involved in making the city and it’s local environment a safer, healthier place for all of us. To that end, I worked to involve all students in School to Career and Partnership Academies, which includes an integrated curriculum.
At Richmond High, I also served as the School to Career Coordinator for 10 years, started the Robotics Program with FIRST, sponsoring Team #841 for its first 3 years. I was volunteer liaison for the Chevron Explorers for 7 years, and brought both Pixar and Industrial Light and Magic to Richmond High as School to Career business partners. Together we involved students in mentorship and internship opportunities as well as school assemblies and classroom presentations.
As volunteer sponsor of the RHS Garden and Creek Projects, brought Chevron in as a partner to build a demonstration creek, which we celebrated in a presentation at the Oakland Museum and which was featured in California Wild magazine ( Lana Martarella). As lead teacher for the Science and Industry Technology Academy (SITPA), I worked with Environmental Educators and community organizations to grow grass-roots projects in San Pablo and Richmond. We began working on beach clean-up activities, on the Rails to Trails project on what would become the Richmond Greenway and the restoration of the Red Oak Victory Ship with the Richmond Museum and later with the National Park Service.