Our background dictates the leaders we become. I was born and raised on the small island of Molokai in the state of Hawaii. My upbringing taught me to value community and citizenship as a leader. I graduated as valedictorian of Molokai High School. I went on to receive a scholarship to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU) here in Los Angeles where I earned my B.A. in Communication Studies, and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in English. LMU advocates for social justice and the education of the whole person. I have come to adopt these beliefs as an educator. I have learned that academic success is much more than just classroom curriculum, just as success in English is much more than textbooks. My communication studies background gives me a unique perspective on the use of language, literature, and rhetoric. Prior to teaching, I was Program Director for a communication consulting firm based in Beverly Hills and also experimented in direct marketing. In addition to teaching, I continue to work in the communication and leadership field and also work as a freelance web copy writer and consultant. I continually employ communication methods I have learned to find new and innovative ways to introduce curriculum to my students. I have worked in the education field for six years. I’ve taught students of various levels at Leuzinger High School and Lloyde Continuation High School. This is my fifth year teaching at Lawndale. I come from a family of teachers thus having access to a resource of diverse teaching strategies, educational practices, and technology. I am passionate about the education of one’s character along with academics. I am zealous in fostering growth in others, and eager to be a catalyst for the affectation of positive change. My interests outside of teaching include: Family, literature, history, movies, music, fashion, and pop culture. I am excited to share this school year with my students and look forward to all of our future accomplishments as a class.