Hello South Lake County! My family has lived in the Middletown area since 1984 and my children are fourth generation Lake County residents. My sister, Heather, and I attended Minnie Cannon Elementary and Middletown Middle (Jr. High) School, and we graduated from Middletown High School. I care deeply about our staff and faculty and the success of the students who attend our alma mater. My parents were both MUSD teachers and my father was a MUSD administrator and board member. Now, both of my children attend MUSD schools. For all of these reasons, I am profoundly committed to South County public education and the success of Middletown Unified School District students, staff, and faculty. I feel the time is right for me to step up and help support our students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community by serving as a governing board member.
Since my husband Shane and I moved back to Hidden Valley Lake in 2006, I have been an active community member, volunteer, and businessperson. I have served as a Middletown Area Merchants Association board member and past president. For seven years I owned and operated Konocti Dance Academy, offering dance classes in Hidden Valley Lake from 2013-2015. I served as the acting chairperson of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay Lake County Sub Committee from 2018-2020, I was the volunteer choreographer of Lower Lake High School’s show choir from 2007-2014, and I am a member of the Board of Directors of Hope Rising – a Lake County Health Initiative.
As a life-long learner and educator, MUSD’s connection to higher education and teacher development has always been very important to me. I participated in the Middletown Middle School Community Leadership Panel Discussion What makes the South County great, and how can we make it better? in 2019, and I conducted a presentation/discussion entitled Effective Online Teaching Strategies with Middletown Middle School staff and faculty during the October 2020 MUSD professional development in-service day.
I am a fierce advocate for public education in rural areas. I was instrumental in establishing the current dual enrollment partnership between Middletown High School and Woodland Community College. As the Dean of Woodland Community College, Lake County Campus I wrote a grant and partnered with Konocti Unified School District to launch the state’s first Middle College High School at a community college center.
I have spent the majority of my professional career in public education and have accumulated a great deal of professional development and experience in the areas of business management, administration, and classroom instruction. I have a doctorate in educational administration, a clear K-12 teaching credential, and am certified by UC Riverside as a K-12 Chief Business Official (CBO). I have taught at both the high school and college level here in South Lake County and am currently a tenured faculty member serving as the Interim Dean at our local college campus.
Thank you for reading! 💜💛 If elected, I promise to work hard for MUSD students, staff, parents, and our South County community. Please vote for Ochs and Lee for MUSD! 👍😊