“When I grow up I want to be a teacher!” Those were the first words of a story I wrote about myself when I was a 2nd-grade student. Here I am, many years later, and I am still passionate about teaching. I love when my students have those aha moments when suddenly everything makes sense to them. I especially love those times when one of my students feels proud, flashes a smile, and beams with confidence…I usually end up teary-eyed.
I try to make classroom lessons meaningful.I’m always searching for ways to connect the things we’re learning in the classroom to the real world. I get really excited when I have something new and interesting to share with my students. My favorite lessons to teach are those that include a hands-on activity.
I taught elementary school (2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade) full time for 10 years before life got in the way, and I took a break from teaching.
When my youngest child started kindergarten, I re-entered the teaching world (which I missed terribly). Since 2008, I have been a substitute and part-time teacher at Orion School. At Roosevelt, I currently provide support on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and push into all classes.
I live with my husband, three children and two cats in a house my father built (I was even born in it). Besides teaching, I enjoy hiking, reading the local newspapers, baking birthday cakes, doing creative projects, and spending time with my family and friends.