Roosevelt Middle School- Principal

UC Berkeley: BA- Political Science and Legal Studies
Pace University: MST- Teaching
UC Berkeley: MA- Educational Leadership

One of the biggest inspirations for me getting into education was my mother. She always modeled for me a love of learning and a curiosity for life. When she immigrated to the United States and worked to build a life here, she began as an outsider. She worked hard and now has become a person familiar with how the system works. She always taught me to respect all people, no matter who they were, and that is a lesson I carry with me to this day.

My mom and dad ran several small businesses since coming to the Unites States. During the eighties, there was a recession that caused us to fall on hard times. I saw my parents stressed out but continually problem solve. These times help me be committed to building an educational system that gives people opportunities to provide for themselves and their families and live a fulfilled life.

I am now in my 7th year as Principal of Roosevelt. We are a community school, meaning we seek to provide a high quality, walkable school for all residents in the neighborhood. Our mission is to empower all students to be creative community leaders. To that end, we have been engaged in developing an innovative school model that focuses on personalized learning, educating the whole child, and ensuring real-world application.

I spend a lot of time thinking about politics and the human experience. What are we doing collectively to create positive environments where all students can succeed? I am always looking for evidence that students and staff are enjoying working and learning at Roosevelt–that we are all having a positive experience. I am proud to work with a team of professionals at Roosevelt who are innovative and creative. It took hard work to navigate the system––pull together all of these folks, and create communication systems and decision-making processes. It’s not perfect yet, but we are getting there.