What do your students call you?
What made you want to work at FSHA?
I was excited about the prospect of teaching young women (I was working at an all-boys school at the time). I think high school is such a formidable time in life of an adolescent and being able to accompany our TOLOGS as they discern what they believe and why (in relation to faith and spirituality), is a truly edifying experience.
What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?
When I taught in the Cristo Rey Network of schools, I helped develop benchmarks, standards and assessments for the 4-year religion curriculum used by our schools. This project took three consecutive summers of conferencing.
What has been your favorite teaching moment at FSHA?
Launching the Freshmen Research Project on the Catholic Church in Los Angeles last year was very exciting. My students were really committed to the process and their final products demonstrated the pride they took in their work!
What most excites you about your work here on the Hill?
I love watching our students transform from timid freshmen to confident women of faith, integrity and truth in just four short years. It's beautiful to witness this coming-of-age.
What's your favorite spot on campus?
The Octagon- the view of the city from there never gets old for me!
What's your favorite place in the world?
Yosemite. Both my and my husband's family have long-standing family traditions of spending time in this sacred space. I love how insignificant I feel amongst God's grandeur there.
What are you surprisingly good at?
Not sure it's surprising, but I love to cook and am pretty good at it.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
My grandmothers- they are both models of resiliency and deep religiosity. If I can have half the faith they do when I get to where they are today, I would be so lucky.
What book, movie, work of art, piece of music, etc. can you not imagine life without?
We are big fans of the work of LA-based artist/activist, John August Swanson. Most of his work is in the realm of religious art and we have several pieces of his in our home.
What did you want to be when you grew up (at age 12)?
What do you want to be when you grow up (now)?
A high school religion teacher. Back