My love for flying began in 5th grade when my dad surprised me with a glider ride for my birthday. Gliding gave me an appreciation for the four forces of flight. From that moment on, I was hooked. I started taking power plane lessons in Cessna 150s. As soon as I could drive, I began working as a doctor’s receptionist to pay for flying lessons. In high school, I soloed and earned my private pilot’s license. I also completed as many math and science classes as I could to prepare for a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from San Jose State University. Throughout college I worked in many aviation jobs including AirCal in customer relations, NASA as a biological test pilot, and Battelle Aviation Safety Reporting System researching incidents and accidents. Upon graduation, I was licensed as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating and a private pilot ground instructor. I was hired by Lockheed to work as a Satellite Operations Engineer as a Planner Analyst. Over the years my job evolved into a Systems Engineering Integration and Test position using new command and control technology. Now as an elementary science and engineering lab teacher, my career in aerospace allows me to bring real-world math and science to life. My diverse skills in conjunction with my Master of Arts in Education permit me to integrate relevant, hands-on learning for my students. My career path allows me to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Sharing and instilling the passion for learning in elementary children opens their eyes to vast career possibilities.
I also serve as a teacher of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Program (WASP) curriculum, a teacher envoy to the Wings Over the Rockies Teacher Flight Program, and a Teacher Flight Program Advisory Committee member.