I was born in Dumas, Texas in 1949 and moved to the Bay Area in the 1970’s. I have lived in Richmond for seventeen years. I received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Francisco State. I have worked since 1989 as a teacher and in the WCCUSD since 1993. I retired in 2010.

I have learned in the classroom and with the parents of Richmond children the impact on poor children and youth of an educational system and a society that does not prioritize them, and that only a mobilized community and city can begin addressing much needed changes.