I am a teacher who began my career teaching basic literacy skills to low level readers. As a literacy teacher, I was offered the opportunity to participate in the UCLA Writing Project Invitational. This led to presenting at professional development seminars for fellow teachers at various schools. Eventually, I became a National Board Certified teacher. These stepping stones eventually led to teaching more honors level courses as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) classes and serving as Coordinator of the IB Program. I hold a BA in English and a MS in Psychology along with additional work towards a PhD in Forensic Psychology.