I am a native Californian and have spent most of my life in Stockton and Sacramento.  I went out of
state for my undergraduate education to the University of Indiana, Bloomington (Go Hoosiers).  I
am one of those native Californians that love the summer heat and warm winters, but in Bloomington
Indiana the winters were
not warm.  In Bloomington, while I was very cold during the winters, I
enjoyed the warm wet summers and near daily afternoon thunderstorms.

My college education was interspersed with working experiences.  I have an undergraduate
bachelor's of science degree from Indiana University in microbiology.  I have two graduate
master's of science degrees, one from the University of the Pacific in Biology (chemistry research)
and one from the University of California at Davis in Hydrologic Sciences (aqueous geochemistry).

I obtained my  teaching credentials (secondary life science and physical science) after I began
working as a regulator of underground storage tank site cleanups for San Joaquin County
Environmental Health.  I chose to work as a regulator  so that I could help clean up the environment
and protect our groundwater.  This choice was made because I had worked for wood persevering
company after finishing my student teaching and while in the position of quality control chemist
learned about the problems of industrial pollution. After working for San Joaquin County for 7
years I decided that I wanted to continue my education and enrolled in the UC Davis Hydrologic
Science graduate program.  While at Davis,  I taught many laboratories and discussion classes and  
in addition to working for Tetra Tech,  the State of California Energy Commission and US
Geological Survey. At one time I had three jobs while attending graduate school. Prior to
graduation, I was recruited by Ecological Engineering in Rocklin CA for whom I worked for three
years as a water quality scientist performing sampling and writing permitting reports.

In 2004,  I made my full time commitment to teaching.  After a short time substituting I accepted
a position teaching high school Biology and Earth Science at Inderkum High School in the Natomas
District.  I began working for the Grant Joint Union High School District for the 2005-2006
school year and have continued there.   I am very happy  with the now Twin Rivers Unified School
District and am grateful to have worked with the wonderful staff and students at Martin Luther
King Jr. Junior High School teaching 7th grade Life Science and now at Grant Union High School
teaching Biology and Chemistry.  One of my joys is teaching my former 7th grade students.  
Teaching comes with some sacrifices but much joy.

I like to read all kinds of books, including the alphabet mystery books of Sue Grafton (waiting for
the  U mystery), Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, and Dean Koontz.  I shook Richard North
Patterson's hand in 2009 and discovered the Judas Strain (sigma series) of James Rollins a local
author.  While in Stockton, taking advantage of UOP's many community resources I had the
opportunity to hear and shake the hands of two Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Oscar Arias Sánchez
and Lech Walesa

I am active in my parish at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and Annunciation
Cathedral in Stockton where I was confirmed.  I regularly attend mass and religious classes.  
Spending time near the Sacramento River or the American River is a joyful for me. I recently
purchased water safety equipment lost in a fire and am ready for the spring/summer kayaking
season.  I love to be in a natural environment where I can see and hear different kinds of birds and
animals.  I believe each human has special talents and my mission in education is to help all of my
students to develop scientific thinking, academic knowledge, and skills to succeed in life.  I will say
that all my students are wonderful students and I am a wonderful teacher.
   

My mission as a teacher is to equip students with the skills they need to be successful in
life by encouraging them to take responsibility for their choices,
facilitating the development of problem-solving skills,
holding them accountable to high standards,
and providing the encouragement and support they need to attain their full potential.
About Miss Elizabeth
Grant Joint Union High School                                                                                              Sacramento  CA
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Divine Mercy
Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds, hide me.
Let me never be separated from you.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me,
And bid me come to you,
That with your saints I may praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.
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