Belinda is a prolific writer, reader, musician, and performer who teaches English and Social Studies at Fusion Academy Marin. Born in Walnut Creek and raised in Novato, they began taking an interest in creative writing when they were in third grade, and they have never looked back. During both their middle school and high school years, they branched out into drama, vocal jazz, and songwriting, though their roots in literature and language never changed. They ultimately received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Chapman University in 2011.
After a botched attempt to fit into a financial office environment, Belinda decided to take advantage of their desire to teach. They started working and volunteering at various Marin County schools, including Venetia Valley and Bahia Vista, as an afterschool program leader. In 2012, they were hired as a literacy specialist through BAYAC/OCASA AmeriCorps and taught a program called GirlSMART, which offered workshops to young girls so they could improve their reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities. Not one to take a break from their passions, Belinda later received their single subject teaching credential in English from Sonoma State University in 2016, student teaching at Sir Francis Drake High School while simultaneously working at Fusion.
When not at Fusion, Belinda continues to maintain a freelance writing blog, which includes poetry and short stories. They have also completed several dramas, novels, and screenplays. They love rooting for the San Francisco Giants, playing guitar, singing, and cooking. Favorite book titles include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and All Involved by Ryan Gattis.