I am so excited to be a part of this amazing co-op family. I first joined the co-op family in 2004 with my older son Sebastian, and have enjoyed watching us both grow throughout the years. After two years as the chairperson and watching my second son Eddy grow through the program, I feel that I have a good understanding of what it takes to be a co-op teacher. Creativity, patience, and flexibility are all very important qualities that a teacher should possess, but most importantly, a sense of fun and enjoyment in what you do. As I worked on completing my degree in Psychology from UCDavis in 1999, I always knew that I wanted to work with children. And so I did, as a residential counselor at Ruth Dykeman Children's Center. Even though society labeled the children at Ruth Dykeman as "troubled," I knew that they had the same potential as anybody else, and I loved teaching them to see this potential as well. To be successful at this, it takes a big team of people. This is why the cooperative is such a good fit for me. I enjoy working with parents, guardians, families, and faculties to ensure that each student meets their potential. Teacher Penny and I are working hard to create a cohesive team so that we could help ease the transition as your children grow through the co-op like my sons did.