I am passionate about my children and family, my career, and personal growth. I empower my children so that they can navigate the world and define for themselves who they are and what success means to them. In my career, I am an effective educator, making a difference in the lives of young people by helping them grow academically and socially. I am constantly looking to improve myself, through reading and writing, building new relationships, and other efforts toward increased self-understanding. I enjoy exercising (running, swimming, bicycling, hiking), spending time in nature, and traveling. I like to play board games, listen to music, go to museums, and take photographs. In myself, and in others, I value honesty, integrity, humor, courage, artistry, and intellectual vigor.