I advise the newspaper, news website and yearbook at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) in Lake Balboa, CA. Prior to coming to DPMHS, I advised the newspaper at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles for two years.
Since I was in the eighth grade, I knew I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. I spent two years writing and editing for my high school newspaper. I majored in journalism at Cal State Northridge and spent two semesters working for the daily college newspaper. After graduation, I worked as a daily newspaper reporter for 10 years before switching to teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2003.
I have a master’s in English Education and am a Master Journalism Educator. I was named journalism educator of the year by the California Journalism Educator Coalition in 2012 and am in my third year as secretary to the Southern California Journalism Education Association. Along with other teachers, I have helped write grants that allowed us to receive professional development and purchase equipment for our journalism programs.
The newspaper I advise, The Pearl Post, was a Pacemaker finalist in fall 2014. The newspaper has also been named the Best High School Newspaper category for the past two years by the Los Angeles Press Club. The news website was a n OnlinePacemaker finalist in 2013 and 2016. My students have won several individual awards, including from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and from Journalism Education Association write-offs at the local, state and national level. In the past two years, my student media students have won first place in the California Student Media Festival for their news videos.
Earlier this year, I was the chair of the local volunteer committee organizing the JEA/NSPA national spring convention that was held in downtown Los Angeles April 14-17, 2016.