How long have you been at HCS?
I cannot believe that I am going on my 17th year here at HCS!
What did you do before beginning your ministry at HCS?
I worked at an international law firm in downtown LA for 11 years and turned in my resignation after the birth of my twins, Robert and Rebecca. My position, office, salary and paid parking (huge perk in downtown) could not come close to the satisfaction and joy of staying home and raising my children.
What led you to HCS?
I was ‘pushed into purpose’ at HCS. I had dreams and visions of living in a super organized home with Martha Stewart worthy home dinners served each night when my children started kindergarten and would be at school during the day. God had a different plan for me. I never thought I would ever work at a school but I was pursued to apply for a part time position here by a current staff member. That part time position turned into a full time position a year later. I am so glad that he ‘pushed’ me into applying; now, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!
Your job requires a great deal of creativity. How do you continue to be innovative and come up with new and great ideas?
Um, it’s called Pinterest. I take these great ideas and just tweak them a little here and there to accommodate what I want.
What is the best part of your job?
The students! I love the students. I love watching them grow from year to year. The notes, letters and pictures of compliments and love I receive from them can keep me floating for months!
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most people think because I am in charge of so many social events that I am an extrovert but I am not. I am most happy at home with my husband Stuart and our 2 golden retrievers, Daisy and Delilah, watching reruns of Law and Order.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your time at HCS?
My son signed my husband and me up for a Movie Pass about 4 months ago – it’s changed our lives! We can now go to any movie, in almost any theater, every 24 hours for only $9.99 a month. We practically know all the Pacific Theater staff by name. I can’t think of anything else the two of us have enjoyed so much in the past few years; I am a huge movie buff.
What are some of the biggest advancements you’ve noticed during your time at HCS?
I love HCTV, partly because this was my son’s passion to create it when he was here and I saw all the detail, work and time that went in to it, but also because it is student run and student produced. I am a huge fan of students taking responsibility for their school to make it better, not only for themselves and their classmates, but for future students down the road. This is your school, create something, do something, leave a legacy while you are here!
Why do you think Christian education is so important?
Because it is life changing and purpose driven. What could be more important than letting your children know that God loves you and has a plan for your life if you will trust in Him? There are no failures with God, He uses those trials and challenges to make us stronger and build our character. These were lessons that I taught my children over and over again when they were facing difficulties – whether at school or now in adult life.
Are there any exciting projects you are currently working on?
We will be having our first ever Student Council Talent Show Event this spring with prizes, judges, intermission with treats, and a whole lot of fun!
What is your favorite thing about Heritage Christian School?
There are two very important things I have the privilege of overseeing: the Elementary Student Council and the quote sign on the corner of Shoshone and Rinaldi that I have been responsible for the last 17 years.
What is one piece of wisdom you can share with parents?
There will always be angst in school; it is almost like it is part of the social curriculum. Use it as a learning tool for your child to build character and strength within themselves. Take something that could be negative and turn it into a positive, it will help your child now and for future experiences down the road – God has a purpose for everything!