My name is Noemi Gonzalez, and I’m a proud Trojan! I graduated from the University of Southern California twice, first with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Composition and later with a Master in Education. Fight on!!! I just completed a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership along with a Preliminary Administrative Credential from Cal State San Bernadino.
At the beginning of my journey in education, I was an English teacher who set professional goals on a yearly basis. This was challenging as I continuously taught a variety of courses such as regular, honors, AP Lit, AP Lang, and collab. However, I researched professional development in the form of conferences and asked advice from more experienced teachers, so that I may grow professionally and build a strong network of people with similar lofty goals. After three years of teaching AP, I was advised by one of my mentors to apply to become a reader for the College Board, and I was accepted on my first attempt. My curiosity and passion for a new challenge grew every year. Fast forward twelve years later, and I am in my first full year as a Secondary Assistant Principal. As an administrator, everything is a priority, so now the challenge is finding a healthy work and life balance.
In my personal life, I am a mother of two young men, Alberto and Chris, who keep me young at heart. Alberto graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is now seeking a Master’s in Math Data Analysis. Chris is a junior in high school who loves to sell things via e-commerce. When I am not spending time with my sons, I focus on my love for reading, which emerged from watching my father peruse the newspaper while I lay curled up in his arm and still one of my fondest childhood memories that I will forever treasure.
I will start blogging again but this time from an administrator perspective. I would love to hear from more experienced leaders, so don’t hesitate to reach out.