As the STRAW Faculty Coordinator for Point Blue, I get to work with a cadre of experienced and passionate veteran teachers who support the STRAW Project's Restoration Team by providing K-12 teachers and their classes with curriculum expertise.  The STRAW Faculty members work directly with our STRAW teachers and their classrooms by offering consultations with teachers and direct lessons to the students that support the teachers' environmental science curriculum. The STRAW Faculty encourages placed-based education and incorporates critical thinking whenever possible. Also, before a STRAW class participates in a Restoration Day, a Faculty member will visit the class for a presentation about basic information for that special day!  This includes information about the watershed, native species of the area, why restoration is important, what students can do to help the environment, as well as expectations for their Restoration Day.

In addition, the STRAW Faculty assists with Watershed Week, the STRAW Project's annual teacher training and the Network Events held twice a year.

I grew up and have lived in Sonoma and Marin Counties.  After graduating from San Francisco State University, I taught elementary grades in Bodega Bay, Tomales, and West Marin.  I also coordinated the district's G.A.T.E program.  I worked with the Teacher Learning Cooperative (TLC) in the Marin County Office of Eduation as teacher coach, facilitator and trainer.  I then worked toward my Administrative Credential and became an Assistant Principal, Principal and Special Education Director in Ross Valley School District.  After retiring from public education, I started my own pottery business and then joined the STRAW team where I have happily enjoyed blending my love of working with teachers and students with environmental science!  I have told several people that this is my favorite job.  My colleagues at Point Blue and in the STRAW Project are passionate, smart and fun!  What more could I ask for?

When I'm not working on the STRAW Project, you can usually find me working in my ceramic studio located in an old chicken coop just outside Petaluma or enjoying the ocean view at my hide-away in Bodega Bay!