Hello! This site will be your source of communication about my English classes and extracurricular activities. Here you'll find things like course outlines, class expectations, homework, class resources and more. I am the sponsor of our ADL World of Difference Peer Training and No Place for Hate® program, and will have information about what our Peer Trainers are up to in the freshmen classrooms. As of March 2013 Mingus was officially designated a No Place for Hate® campus. Read more about this in the ADL World of Difference and No Place for Hate tab.
This is my 21st year of teaching at Mingus Union High School. I am originally from Palo Alto, California, but the Verde Valley has been my home for over 20 years now. I live in Old Town Cottonwood with my husband, John, and our two dogs Jack and Sasha. When I’m not teaching, I spend my time traveling, which has been my passion since my first trip to Europe when I was 19 years old.
I graduated with my B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1991 and returned to San Francisco. After a couple of years I realized I missed the big skies of Arizona and returned to Flagstaff where I earned my teaching credential in English. At Mingus I have taught every level of English, and while I love the curriculum of all my classes, I have to admit that I have a special fondness for my Honors and AP Lit classes.