I fell in love with teaching children when I had children of my own. My bachelor’s in Child Development gave me the knowledge and tools to properly guide children and support and strengthen their natural intrinsic drive to learn. I continued in my education by obtaining a teaching credential: K-8th, and a credential and masters in Educational Leadership. My teaching experience of twenty years is comprised of all ages from preschool to high school. For two years, I was teacher-in-charge at a K-8th elementary school, taught all the grades K-12th, substitute taught in the high schools and special education classes, been a mentor teacher in preschool, a lead teacher in an after school program. Before entering the teaching profession, I was a bookkeeper/secretary for five years. All these experiences and training has prepared me for the wonderful job of being the principal and teacher at Almondale Academy. – Mrs. Bardin.