I’m a proud local alumna of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for both my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Ph.D. degree in Nursing: Sustainable Health. I received my Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) degree from Stony Brook University in New York. Most of my nursing experience is in pediatrics and community health. I have extensive higher education experience, having taught students in both baccalaureate and associate level nursing programs at three different institutions. Student-centered learning is very important to me. This philosophy is less concerned with training the student mind, and instead, more focused on the individual needs and abilities of the students. Therefore, I’m a facilitator, using caring at the core of my teaching. I believe it’s imperative to cultivate diverse groups of nursing students to meet the needs of our culturally diverse population. I have conducted research and published in the areas of community health and pediatric nursing and have presented at many conferences.