Attended USC for 4 years. Graduated in 1976 with a B.S. degree. Came
home to Sac State to earn Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Went
to George Peabody Teachers College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1977 to
attend training for Peace Corps Volunteers sent to Kenya, Africa.
Dated quite a bit in college, but never had a boyfriend for longer than
three months. I fell in love with Jose, a fellow Peace Corps Volunteer
in Kenya, who grew up in Chicago, but was originally from Puerto Rico.
We met 22 years ago and have been married for 20 years. We have three
children: Theresia (20), Tomas (17), and Joseph
Taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for 3 years in Kenya
as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Waitressed for 4 months. Spent 3 summers
packing roe for a salmon cannery in Kodiak, Alaska. Taught 7th & 8th
grade Math and Science in Chicago for one year. Taught 4th grade for 3
years at St. Joseph's School in North Sacramento. Began and taught
preschool in Sudan, Africa. Have taught for the past 14 years in
Center Unified School District in Antelope (mostly 4th and 5th grades
I am still a bookworm. My library card gets good use. Four other
teachers and I belong to a book club that meets monthly. I love to
travel! In 1973, I spent the summer in Switzerland meeting relatives,
working in a knife factory, and traveling all over Europe. Since then,
I have visited Switzerland (5 times), Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden,
France, Greece, Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma,
Thailand, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I have lived in Sudan and Kenya,
Africa. Hiking and climbing mountains is another passion of mine.
Giswilerstock in the Alps, the Himalayas, the Sierras, Mt. Kenya, Mt.
Eldoret, and Denali are some of the places I've hiked to. Spending time
with my family takes up most of my time now. My parents still live on
Cherry Lane. They seem to be as permanent and deep rooted as the oak
trees they are surrounded by. Getting together to clean up after the
flooding has become nearly a yearly event since 1986. They have been
on the local and national news countless times due to the flooding with
no movie offers yet. My six sisters and brother all live in Northern
California. We love to get together for birthdays, holidays. baptisms,
marriages, and any excuse for an occasion to celebrate. We make an
annual weekend visit to San Francisco, our favorite city.
First college graduate in my family. I marched in the 1973 Rose Parade
in USC's marching band as a flag girl. I was the flag girl who marched
the opposite way in the Thanksgiving game against Notre Dame. Visiting
my parents homeland of Switzerland was wonderful. Living in Kenya as a
Peace Corps Volunteer was a dream of mine since Mr. Potter's 4th grade
class when we had penpals in Borneo. I kissed the ground when I
returned from Sudan with our 3 children in 1989, glad to have survived
a true hell on earth. Two years ago, two cancerous lumps were found in
my right breast and two cancerous lymph nodes. Perhaps there is more
for me to accomplish in this life since I am still here and looking
forward to seeing many of you at the reunion.