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||Drury University, Cal State Fullerton
||BA History, MS English Education, MA Education Administration
|First year working at NHHS:
||Principal Laguna Hills High School, Assistant Principal Laguna Hills High School, Assistant Principal Estancia High School, English teacher Ensign Intermediate School, English teacher McClay Middle School, Social Science teacher Kickapoo High School
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I was born in Hong Kong and lived there for eight years. Because of the political uncertainty surrounding England's pending handover of its colony to China in 1997 my dad decided to move our family to California in 1980.
My first experience in the United States took place in the third grade, and it was a culture shock. After quickly assimilating, I had great experiences all the way through Hoover High School in Glendale, California. After graduating, I took a "gap" year and worked for a food processing plant in Shuzoka, Japan, and for a computer chip trading company in Hong Kong.
After working and traveling, I enrolled at Orange Coast College (OCC). It was a great place to begin the college journey, and from there I earned a golf scholarship to Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. My family and friends thought I was nuts but I packed up my car, got a map, and arrived at Drury ready to earn a college degree. I graduated with a degree in history in 1996, and subsequently received a position in the athletic department as a graduate assistant. While working for Drury, studying for a master's degree in English Education, I also taught world history at Kickapoo High School in Springfield. KHS was a wonderful start as there were some wonderful colleagues at the "Home of the Chiefs!"
In 1998, it was back to California to teach English within the Los Angeles Unified School District at McClay Middle School. The challenges at McClay were incredible, the students were determined to make a better life for themselves, and I learned a lot about English language instruction that ultimately turned into a passion because of my own experiences while assimilating to life in America.
After Maclay, it was onto Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach. It was during my first year at Ensign Intermediate School, that I started work towards being a school administrator. I earned a second master's degree during the summer of 2002 from Cal State Fullerton. In the fall of 2003, it was onto Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, and for the next three years it was a great home as an assistant principal. From the fall of 2006 to 2008 I was the the assistant principal over guidance and curriculum at Laguna Hills High School, and for the past five years I have served as the schools' principal. Laguna Hills High School will always have a special place in my heart, and the experiences there helped shape my administrative philosophy about the comprehensive high school dynamic and how to maximize the high school journey for ALL students.
As I go into my second year at Newport Harbor High School , my goal is to continue building upon the academic and co-curricular accomplishments that NHHS is known for throughout Southern California. I will contribute as much as possible so NHHS remains one of the best educational institutions in Orange County.
My educational philosophy centers on student learning, and I am completely committed to the concept that every student can learn and that teachers become the pathway for those educational experiences. It is my belief that educational leaders are the energy behind excellent teaching through which students discover and internalize the understanding and skills they need for a productive, meaningful and satisfying life within our global society. Principals must promote teaching that challenges students to reach beyond merely knowing and understanding the course material. Students should be encouraged to analyze information, critically discuss ideas, find ways to apply their learning in real life situations, define concepts within an international frame of reference, and ultimately use their intellectual growth to create and evaluate new forms and perspectives. School should exist to spark the imagination of every student; great high schools have leaders that value all students and realize that students learn differently, and that every student is not going to college. We must provide different pathways for success so our high school students have vocational goals in addition to college goals, and reinstall value in technical jobs that require complex skills. I believe in an inclusive educational community that embraces a wide range of diversity, and that guidance interventions can make a difference to reinforce a students' focus for success. Further, the administration of a comprehensive high school must hold students accountable for their social behavior, and set academic expectations high if our students are to become productive scholars on our high school campuses. The best high schools are magical for students and change their lives, and make them lifelong learners. I feel that my personal and professional experiences have prepared me well for the public high school principalship, and guidance from my mentors have shaped my educational philosophy. One of the greatest challenges in our multilingual, multicultural, and complex global society is preparing our youth for the future. It is my goal that Newport Harbor High School just doesn't educate our students well, but we also teach them to how to positively reshape the world in unimaginable ways.