Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a teacher. I had so much respect and admiration for every one of my teachers from grade school to graduate school. Their hard work, patience, and dedication shaped me into who I am today and I am forever grateful. In 2005, I started my journey as a teacher in the Rowland Unified School District. As a teacher, I found my passion for early literacy and the workshop approach through the Cotsen Foundation Art of Teaching program. During this program, I had the opportunity to work with a personal mentor to grow my professional practice over a span of two years. I realized the importance for teachers to have ongoing professional development and time to be reflective in their professional practice built into their day. This realization and commitment to supporting teacher professional development was pivotal in my next roles as a Teacher on Special Assignment supporting Communities of Practice across the district and Program Specialist for English Language Arts. As I designed professional development on Balanced Literacy, facilitated inquiry in professional learning communities, and coached teachers in their classrooms, I further developed my skills, knowledge, and confidence as a leader. All of these wonderful experiences exploring my passions and expanding my philosophy has prepared me for my current role as assistant principal at Beechwood School in the Fullerton School District. In the past two years as an assistant principal at Beechwood School, I've learned a great deal about student discipline, community engagement, school culture, teacher evaluation, and visionary leadership. Moving forward, I hope to continue to learn and grow into a bold and confident, yet humble and compassionate leader.
On a personal note, I would not be where I am today without the support of my loving husband, Danny Bak. He has been my rock and constant support for seven wonderful years of marriage. We enjoy hiking, fishing, traveling, and watching movies.