educational background and experience

I grew up in Texas where I spent nearly all my summer weekends splashing in the muddy waters of the Gulf of Mexico, building sand castles, and fishing for Texas blue crabs. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.


I have taught ESL, literacy, literature, art history, poetry, and writing to kids and adults. I currently teach ESL at Canada College. I also offer a course in creative writing at the College of San Mateo and Foothill College.

I am a longtime member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI San Francisco/South chapter. I am also the founder of the Middle Grade Lunchbreak, a professional organization for middle grade writers.

I am currently revising my second historical fiction novel. I also write picture books and picture book biographies and enjoy spending time with my kids, my English Shepherd, and my husband.