Languages: Spanish and English.
I was born in México but raised in Nevada. I am the youngest of two and come from a family of immigrants; I experienced an undocumented childhood. I am the first in my immediate family to graduate from college, and I uniquely attained all my degrees at the University of Nevada Reno (i.e., B.A. in Secondary Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership, Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) as a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. I love to spend time with my family, enjoy the runner's "high," and am always excited about the next get-away.
My role centers on developing high quality school leaders in K12 education. My research agenda is on educational leadership practices, organizational change efforts, gender and ethnic equity, outreach, student resiliency, P16 alignment, and educational outcomes. I have actively managed and attained grant funding as a principal investigator or coinvestigator for approximately $2.6 million since Fall 2012. I previously taught mathematics and was awarded Northern Nevada Math Teacher of the Year 2012 by the Northern Nevada Math Council. My passion for educational improvements and access to higher education are embedded in all aspects of my work in teaching, research, and service.