B.E.S.T. ACADEMY DYNAMIC TEAM MEMBERS
Committed to Student Achievement & Success
B.E.S.T. Academy is a free public charter school serving students in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, and Imperial Counties. We are committed to providing a valuable, flexible learning environment that students can thrive and excel academically and socially. We connect students and families to college and career pathways with personalized guidance and support and it's our mission to provide a collaborative, learning environment to facilitate academic and personal growth. We invite you to learn about our team and their commitment to student success!
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the College of Letters and Science at theUniversity of California, Berkeley. I’ve always had a passion for academics, so I was extremely grateful when given the opportunity to pursue a degree from the number one public university in the world while competing at the Division 1 level.
Although challenging at times this educational opportunity encouraged me to grow in ways unimaginable. I continued on to Grand Canyon University where I earned my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. I truly believe academics serve as my platform to have an impact on our world and its future. With these degrees I hope to impact and change the lives of those who will come after me. Over the past two years I have gained experience working in the classroom. I have worked with students in various academic settings in order to help them reach their full potential.
In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach or river with my family and friends. I love reading biographies and autobiographies because I believe it is important to understand that everyone has a different path in life, and it is life experiences that shape individuals. I truly believe teachers have a great opportunity to leave an ever lasting impact on their students’ lives. It is my goal to teach students not only English Language Arts, but also the lessons that will exceed the classroom walls.
I have been teaching for 19 years. I have taught almost every grade level from first grade through high school. I also taught seven years of ESL to adults. I have a B.A. in History from Utah State University and a Masters in History from the University of Helsinki. I have a credential in Special Education and have previously served as a Special Education Coordinator in middle and high school. I have recently taught in Finland from 2012-2019, and this is my first year at B.E.S.T. Academy Charter School.
This is my first year teaching at B.E.S.T. Academy Charter School. I have been teaching for 10 years and coaching for 15 years. I played football and ran track at the University of Redlands. I received my Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Kinesiology, as well as my teaching credential in Physical Education from California Baptist University. I am a certified strength and conditioning coach. I love spending time with my family and dog.
I am from Finland and a naturalized US Citizen. I have been teaching for almost 20 years, both in Finland and in the U.S. I have a B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Utah State and a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix. I hold California credentials in Home Economics and K-8 Education. I have most recently taught in Finland for the past eight years and this is my first year at B.E.S.T. Academy Charter School.