A first-generation Filipina American, oldest of three sisters, and self-proclaimed “Navy brat,” I grew up in Hawaii, Alaska, and Rhode Island before my family settled in San Diego, California.

I earned my B.A. in English from San Diego State University in 1995 with an emphasis in literary theory and a newly discovered love for Filipino American literature.

After working as a professional proofreader for a few years, I returned to school to earn an M.A. in English: Concentration in Asian American Literature from San Francisco State University in 2000, and I am completing an M.A. in English: Concentration in Composition, also from SFSU. I also earned a Certificate for the Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading in Spring 2002.




As a graduate student, I began mentoring and tutoring students for the Faculty/Student Mentorship Program, a program that strives to help first-time freshmen, lower-division, and transfer students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who experience socio-economic, academic, and personal challenges make a successful transition from high school or community college to SFSU.

Working with this student population influenced my decision to become a reading and writing teacher: I originally had planned to go into literary theory and research, but after numerous rewarding experiences with my students, I decided that my heart truly belonged in the classroom.



I have been working in study skills classes as a teaching assistant since Spring 1998, and teaching English classes at SFSU since Fall 2000 and at Skyline College since Fall 2002.

These classes range from developmental reading and writing to first-year composition (expository writing) to second-year composition (literary analysis) to the EOP Summer Bridge Program.

Summer Bridge 2003




Happy Tree Friends screening at
Borderlands Books in San Francisco, CA

I consider myself to be a person of many varied and eclectic interests: I love music, I love comics, I love books, I love cartoons, and I love film.

I like to be active as much as I can, riding my bicycle whenever I get the chance and I have been studying kali, traditional Filipino martial arts, with the Dragon School of Kali in Daly City, CA.

Bicycling in Marin County, CA.
(That's San Francisco under that blanket of fog!)

I've also taken an interest in travel, having been on a whirlwind week-long trip through the United Kingdom in January 2004 --- my first trip overseas since my visit to the Philippines when I was but 13 years old!

This past summer, from June to July 2006, I spent an amazing two weeks in Hawaii with students from the Kababayan Program and Filipino Student Union from Skyline College as well as youth organizers from the Pilipino Youth Coalitions of San Mateo and South Alameda counties.

I'm hoping to go to the Philippines soon, and someday, I'd also like to see other countries such as New Zealand and Australia, too.

London, January 2004

The entire group (Kababayan Program, Filipino Student Union, and Pilipino Youth Coalitions) in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art near Honolulu, HI,June 2006.

Swimming with a honu (sea turtle) at Sharks Cove at North Shore, July 2006.



I currently reside in San Francisco, California with my husband, three turtles, and lots of fish.

Front: Sam and Frodo (Western Painted Turtles)
Finnegan (Red-Eared Slider)


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