Stevenson Ranch Elementary
I was born on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean called Sri Lanka (formerly
Ceylon). When I was 6, I traveled with my family to Canada and made that
chilly but beautiful country my home. My dad is of course Sri Lankan and my
mother is of Dutch, British, Portuguese descent. So, I am a teacher of many
nationalities! I consider myself Canadian as I spent most of my life there.
However, I recently became an American citizen, and so also consider
California my new home. Happily, I am both a US and Canadian citizen now!
I recently moved to Woodland Hills (Topanga and Mulholland area) from West Hollywood. I love my
neighborhood because I can get to the beach in only 20 minutes!
I went to the University of Toronto where I studied English literature and
Philosophy, and later Education. I spent a year in the fascinating country of
Japan where I met such warm and interesting people, and was privileged to be
part of a lovely culture. I have also traveled to China, Italy, England, and
the Netherlands, and hope to travel more throughout my life. Traveling opens
your heart and mind to such wonderful cultures, new ideas, food, and wonderful people.
Besides travelling, I love to stay active by hiking through our
beautiful Santa Monica Mountains ( I have a trail 5 minutes from our home),
yoga and pilates. Creating in the kitchen and hosting dinner
parties for friends is also a favorite past time of mine. I am always
looking for interesting and healthy recipes to try on my willing husband and
friends. I love food from all over the world and I am especially fond of
spicy dishes. I also enjoy reading immensely as well as watching films and
writing. I am currently working on a children's chapter book. As you can see I am never bored!
My wonderful husband, Alex, is from
England and works for a fashion designer in Ventura who designs surf and motorcycle clothing,
proudly made in California. We have two adorable cats
named Simon and Caillou, whom we adopted from a shelter when they were
kittens. We recently also rescued a dog named Dempsey who is loving and sweet. They never
cease to fascinate and delight us.
As you can see, I love life. Hopefully, I bring this enthusiasm, wonder and
positivity into the classroom.
You will have a wonderful year.