I received my BA in Elementary K-6 from Florida Atlantic University. I taught many years in a public school setting, teaching The Gifted and Talented my last 2 years in the classroom. I am also certified to teach ESOL students which are students that English is not their first language. Currently, I am the sole teacher of my daughter whom I happily and humbly have home schooled the last 3 years.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I absolutely love watching children grow and develop right in front of my eyes whether it be socially and/or academically. Knowing that I am a small fraction of the learning children are acquiring through my knowledge and passion is what drives me to love and appreciate what I do. I joined the Children’s Ministry as a small group leader, so now I get to witness the spiritual growth of our keiki, which has been completely and utterly enlightening.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
I am married to my wonderful best friend, Patrick Burns, the father of our two children: Brady, 21, and Danika, 9. Most of our family reside in South Florida and the New England area.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD?
My favorite comfort food is homemade authentic Hispanic meals as cheat meals. However, as far as daily consumption, I really do enjoy super clean and raw foods. Therefore, veggies, salads, and fruits top my daily list of eats.
WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR PET PEEVES?
Well, now that I have to think about it, I have more pet peeves than I thought, ha! The top one is probably unkind/unfriendly people. I wish people knew the power a smile and a simple “good morning” could be on someone, whether a stranger or not. Okay, if I can sneak one more in; folks who throw garbage out the car window really rattles my feathers.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Currently I am reading and really enjoying Molokai and a copious amount of literature on Thailand where I will be traveling to very soon!
You can’t just list one favorite movie so I will list the three that immediately come to mind: Pretty Woman, Shawshank Redemption, and One Crazy Summer.
Hmmm…favorite restaurant in Hawaii is probably Haleiwa Joe’s, specifically the Kaneohe location. Runner-up is Over Easy (ahhh-maaa-zinng breakfast/brunch)!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Not sure what the name of my superhero would be but the powers would be to take pain and suffering away. Or perhaps to be able to speak to our loved ones lost, in my case, my mother, whom I miss dearly and have had to learn how to live without hearing her beautiful voice and feeling her tender love and hugs.
WHICH HOLLYWOOD ACTOR WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus would certainly have to play me in a movie, hands down!
ON A SCALE OF 1-10, RATE YOURSELF ON HOW WEIRD YOU ARE (WITH 10 BEING THE WEIRDEST)
I can proudly say I’m a 20 on the 1-10 weird scale!