Yearbooks have always been a part of Carla’s life. She was editor-in-chief of both her junior high and high school yearbooks in the LA area, and editor-in-chief of the La Cumbre yearbook at UC Santa Barbara. Her first teaching job at a small private high school in Santa Barbara included—you guessed it—yearbook. Her husband’s job brought her to Northern California where, along with raising 4 boys, she advised two more great yearbook programs; first at Northgate High in Walnut Creek, then at Santa Teresa High in San Jose, where she also taught English, Leadership, and was co-Activities Director. She understands the difficulties of advising a yearbook and managing very demanding and diverse teaching assignments!
Carla’s passion for the yearbook process was key to motivating her students to produce many award-winning yearbooks, including many CSPA medalists, a top 5 finish in the Best in Show competition at the JEA/NSPA national convention, and a Pacemaker Finalist.
After 18 years in the classroom, joining the Herff Jones family was a natural step for Carla. She is dedicated to helping advisers and staffs fall in love with the yearbook experience. Her enthusiasm and passion are obvious when she shares her knowledge and expertise with others. She is able to teach and train, support and validate, listen and laugh. In fact, she believes that laughter is the key to a successful yearbook program.
Life outside of Yearbook Land for Carla is all about family. She and her husband live in San Jose and still feed their grown sons often when they just “stop by to hang out.” Besides spoiling her two grandsons, Carla loves spending time on the beach, exploring and photographing the beauty of California, reading, reading, reading, Giants baseball, and binge-watching stuff on Nexflix.
Contact Carla today to see what her experience can do for you and your yearbook program.