Gerri has over thirty years experience teaching kindergarten through third grades for Los Angeles City Schools in South Los Angeles and in South Gate. She has a lifetime teaching credential from the state of California, as well as a Bilingual Academic Certificate in Spanish. She has served at various times as a mentor teacher, a bilingual coordinator and a gifted coordinator for the schools in which she taught. She loves working with young children and has spent her teaching career preparing them for academic success by developing their written and oral language, reading and math skills. She has tutored many children privately and currently is a volunteer tutoring emerging readers through the Reading Partners program at William Green Elementary School in Los Angeles. She also works with children as a volunteer docent at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.