Ms. Esther was born in Texas and raised in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from UC San Diego and her Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She started her career as an elementary school classroom teacher, and since then has worn multiple hats in administrative, leadership, teaching and support roles in non-traditional education settings. She loves being able to support students and educators to be the best they can be. She is excited for the opportunity to transfer these skills into her role as Program Director here at The Arbor! Ms. Esther is passionate about developing programs and organizations so that people can thrive at their best. She believes that given the right kind of environment, anyone can maximize their potential. She also believes that life isn’t complete without good coffee, good food and good company. During her free time, she enjoys all that revolves around good food, a head-clearing outdoors walk, and some “me time” reading and writing at local coffee shops.