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I am a local girl and spent most of my life in Pleasanton. I attended Vintage Hills Elementary, Harvest Park Middle School, and graduated from Amador Valley High. I earned my Bachelors degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga and acquired my teaching credential from Cal Sate University East Bay.

I lived in Squaw Valley, California for four years which helped accentuate an existing passion for outdoor activities. Snow skiing, white water kayaking, hiking and camping in the mountains have been an a very important part of my life. In addition to exploring and appreciating the natural world I also enjoy music, playing the piano, soccer, tennis, and reading.

I started teaching in Pleasanton Unified in 1999 and have taught 6th grade block my entire time. I have always been fond of studying history and enjoy helping the kids enhance their reading and writing skills.

On July 11th 2012, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Noah John Thiel.

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