Ms. Gonzalez was born in Portland, Oregon, and earned degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Nova University, Miami, Fl., where she taught for six years. She earned a Master of Education Degree with a Reading Endorsement for elementary and middle school from George Fox University. In 2016 she earned an Administration Endorsement from University of Portland. Arriving at OLL in 1997, after teaching for two years at St. Ignatius School, she is beginning her 22nd year at OLL including five years as vice principal. Ms. Gonzalez has taught early childhood, first, fourth, sixth, and seventh grade. She has served as a member of four OLL Re-accrediting Committees, while co-chairing the most recent, and as a member on two accrediting teams at other Catholic schools. She currently assists the principal in overseeing and preparing student-teacher achievement, administers the data analysis and tracking for all students, and monitors proficiency in curriculum standards. In addition, she collaborates with outside specialists and teachers and maintains open communication with parents. She also works as a reading specialist in grades one, two, and three or when needed elsewhere, and currently teaches sixth grade on level math. Recently, Ms. Gonzalez won the SASEE (Service Above Self: Educational Excellence) award, which is awarded by the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. Ms. Gonzalez loves the outdoors, sports, family time, and encouraging children to become the best that they can be.