Quest Team Biographies
We would like to thank all faculty at NBECHS for making the Quest possible. As a school site, we continue to shape this innovation in learning. A few of our core contributors have lent their expertise in the hopes of helping to design a program that is rich with inquiry, discovery, and application for our students.
I was accepted into the Resident Honors Program at the University of Southern California in 2004, which allowed me to skip my senior year of high school to attend USC. I graduated with my BA in Neuroscience in 2007. Studying Neuroscience I took classes on the biology of the nervous system, as well as psychology and learning. I completed my MA in Teaching in 2008 and was a recipient of the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship at the Rossier School of Education at USC. My Master's program at USC focused on teaching learners in diverse populations with varying cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I have a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, and I began teaching at the Bridge in 2008.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Social History at California State University, Monterey Bay. It was at CSUMB that I discovered my passion for history and political activism. From my undergraduate studies, I continued on to get my teaching credential at San Diego State University and later earned my Master's Degree in American History and Government from Ashland University located in the state of Ohio. In addition to eight years of teaching, I have remained politically involved with local and national politics. My interest and insight for the QUEST project comes from my enthusiasm to encourage others to become involved in creating positive change in the community around them.
Art has always been my favorite thing, with science as a close second. I believe that the two areas of study have a lot in common; such as observational skills, trying new things, and refining experimentation. I received my undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from UCSD, graduating with honors. Believing that every person has the capacity and duty to be creative, I obtained my teaching credential from the University of Redlands in order to work within the confines of the education system to bring creative thinking to students. In 2010 I earned my Masters Degree in Holistic and Integrative Education from CSUSB, which led to my interest in creating the Quest program here at the Bridge.