As a founder of a high school academy and administrator, I design programs that build community and leaders by doing. I have a background in building programs for young women. My experience in all girls schools and in journalism gives me a unique perspective to write about wellness, support, and personal growth for teenage girls. In the past, I have designed and taught physical education curriculum for high school girls and led varsity softball programs to championships. I am a former college athlete and a supporter of women’s sports.
“Empowering others to lead through positivity.”-Personal Mission Statement
Coastside Leadership Academy
I am one of the Founders of the Coastside Leadership Academy. At CLA we are committed to “reimagining the high school experience for girls.” CLA is an all girls academy rooted in the cycles of joy, healing, and growth where girls learn to trust their intuition, use their voices, and become leaders in a supportive community.
Coastside Leadership Academy is opening in Fall 2022 for our first cohort of students.
As the Assistant Head of School for Student Life at Mercy High School, Burlingame, I developed programs that supported community members during their high school career, beginning with Freshmen Orientation and culminating at Graduation. I built community at Mercy by overseeing all student activities, leadership organizations (including Student Council, Link Crew, and student-led clubs), and the Athletics Department.
As a Mercy alum, I took pride in maintaining the community culture, norms, and safety by designing and implementing the Restorative Justice Program that included a weekly Reflection Group for students and the Disciplinary Review Committee. In my role, I planned and led traditional community events including orientations, dances, rallies, awards programs, student assemblies, field trips, guest speakers, and graduation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I guided the school community back to in-person learning. I designed and implemented school health and safety policies including weekly COVID testing, contact tracing, physical distancing protocols. I led health and safety training for students, faculty, staff, parents, and guardians, which included the filming and production of a school health and safety video and other communications.
My first role in education was a Physical Education Teacher and Assistant Athletic Director at Immaculate Heart High School, an all girls high school in Los Angeles. I created and implemented a physical education and health curriculum designed to empower adolescent girls to maintain a healthy body and mind for grades 9 to 12, while supporting the Athletic Director in managing the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Department and athletic events. I managed the Athletic Department webpage, community communications, and calendar, and helped with fundraising through the creation of an Athletics Booster Committee. I also mentored student athletes through the NCAA recruiting process.
After my experience teaching and coaching at Immaculate Heart, I continued on to become the Softball Program Head at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City. I oversaw all aspects of the school softball program spanning two campuses with students grades 7 to 12 and taught PE.
While at Harvard-Westlake, I missed the all girls school environment, and this led me back to my Alma Mater, Mercy High School, Burlingame. I first joined the Mercy High School staff as the Assistant Director for Student Life and Athletics. I supported the Assistant Head of School for Student Life in all extra-curricular leadership programming and the Athletics Director in the day-to-day management of the Athletics Department.
Softball Magazine – Contributing Editor
As a Contributing Editor, I wrote a bi-monthly column called “Beyond the College Experience” and “The Positive Coach” from 2004 to 2017. Both columns focused on the real-life experiences of a Division I softball pitcher with the intent to inspire young female athletes by discussing the challenges and rewards associated with achieving their dreams through college athletics.
Athletic Background and Coaching
- 2004-Present– Private Pitching and Softball Coach
- 2017– Mercy High School, Burlingame – Head Varsity Softball Coach
- CIF CCS Qualifier
- 2016– Half Moon Bay High School, Half Moon Bay – Head Varsity Softball Coach
- CIF CCS Division 3 Champions
- Championship Coach Award
- 2013-2015– Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City – Head Varsity Softball Coach
- 2010-2013– Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles – Head Varsity Softball Coach
- 2012 Sunshine League Champions
- First time qualifying for the CIF SS Playoffs in over 10 years
- 2013 Qualified and hosted the first round of the CIF SS Playoffs
- 2012 Sunshine League Champions
- 2009-2010– Wil Devils, Swiss National Softball League – Assistant Coach and Player
- 2004-2008– Towson University Softball, Towson – Division I Softball Player
- 2008-2010– California State University, Northridge – MA Journalism
- 2010 Gold Award at the California Film Festival for Dear Devils, Master’s thesis documentary film.
- 2004-2008– Towson University – BA Kinesiology- Sports Studies