I was born and raised in San Jose, California. After receiving my bachelor's and master's degrees at Santa Clara University, I taught elementary and middle school for twelve years in both California and Oregon. I have also done long-term substitute teaching at the high school level and taught English to international students at Linn-Benton Community College.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three teenage boys. We love to travel and entertain our family and friends.