About Me

Graduation Day, 2009. M.A. Education, CSUS

My venture into early motherhood has shaped who I am today. I had my first child at the age of 17. I was halfway through my junior year of high school. Though I initially contemplated all options, there was never really a question in my mind about what I wanted to do once I found out I was pregnant. That growing cluster of cells that everyone predicted would ruin my chances in life? That was my child. And from the beginning I was fiercely protective of him. And life went on, as it has a way of doing.

I am now the mother of four beautiful children. Three boys, and a little girl. I’ve managed to complete three degrees; an A.A. in Social Sciences, a B.A. in Child Development, and an M.A. in Education. I am a teacher, a writer, & an avid reader. I love the little things in life such as a runner’s high, an evening walk, a good novel, stimulating conversation, the ocean, a mountain breeze, warm cookies straight out of the oven, the sound of children laughing, & the smell of rain on the pavement.

What I want you to know is that, I am not the only one…through my career, in my neighborhood,  and in social networks, I have found countless others like me. Young parents who have transformed their “tragedies” into triumphs. Parents who are overcoming odds and social expectations all while balancing school, work, and life demands. I am humbled by each and every one of them.

I believe in the ability of young mothers & fathers to parent responsibly, lovingly, and effectively. I have seen evidence of such parenting in my life, and the lives of people around me….


5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. jessicamattingly says:

    Found you via your comment on the stir (Hope’s 16 and pregnant episode). Thank you so much for speaking up for young moms. I was 17 when I became pregnant with my oldest and like you felt that having and raising her was what I needed to do. While she was young I went on to complete my BA and MEd (elementary special ed) and I also now have a total of 5 children (3 girls, 2 boys). I am currently in the process of completing my InterdisciplinaryPhD. My oldest is 18 and will be completing her AA in the next semester or two (depending on class schedules) and is wonderful/successful by any measurement. I do not follow MTV or much social media (school and kids LOL) but also try to speak up when the opportunity arises – don’t write off young mothers or their children. While there are certainly challenges there are some really special gifts that come with being a young parent.

  2. Christina says:

    It’s been great to know of all the great things you’ve done to mature, become educated and a true inspiration. I’m proud to call you a colleague, classmate, and friend. I look forward to working with you on our many ideas. Keep up your positive work!

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