My Autobiography

About Me...

I am originally from southern California (SoCal). I was born in Montebello, and I was raised in the Whittier area. When I was entering my senior year of high school, my family moved to Visalia. I graduated from Mount Whitney High School. While in high school I met my husband, Robert. We married, moved to SoCal, completed college, and moved back to the San Joaquin Valley in 1989. So, here we are where we began.

Responsibilities at GHHS:

Science Department Chairperson
Science Instructor
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Club Advisor


College of the Sequoias:
A.S. Science 1984

San Diego State University:
B.S. Biology/Minor Chemistry 1986
Single Subject Teaching Credential 1987

University of California, Riverside:
M.S. Entomology 1989

Subjects Currently Taught (2019-20):
Biology P/LJE
Physical Science P/LJE
Biology P110 Principles of Biology (dual enrollment biology for Porterville College credit)

I also have been teaching Biology 20 "Frontiers in Biology" for College of the Sequoias, since 2013. I taught Biology 25 "Human Ecology" for COS from 1992 through 2009.

Prior Careers

Prior to teaching, I worked as a Staff Research Associate for the University of California, Riverside. I was stationed at Kearney Agricultural Center in Parlier. Our lab did entomology research, specializing in insect pests of citrus. We worked closely with farmers, farm advisors, and pest control advisors. My favorite part of that job was when we would have field days for the farmers and PCAs. We taught them what we had learned about the pests in their crops and how to control them. I realized that teaching is what I have been called to do. I enjoy helping people learn, and have been teaching high school and community college courses for over 27 years now!

Outside of School

My family consists of my husband, Robert (who teaches English in the district) and my daughters, Hannah (24 years old) and Sarah (21 years old) who both graduated from Granite Hills. We also have many animals including 3 dogs, 4 cats, 3 horses, and several chickens.

My hobbies are horseback riding and showing, jogging, bicycling, and hiking.
The bottom photo is of me riding my horse, Omar,at our first dressage show, April 2006.


This is Francine posing with her Science Fair Award. Francine is a Humbolt State graduate with a degree in environmental science/biology.
The Granite Hills California Scholarship Federation (CSF) chapter sponsors a school-wide food drive each year. The collections are donated to Family Crisis Center in Porterville.