The path I’ve taken has been long and winding, but two things always remained constant: my love of books and my passion for learning. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to share that love and passion with hundreds of students over the past 16 years. The pride on a child’s face when they have their a-ha moment, the intense discussion about a book even after the book group meeting has ended, the shared experience of learning something new together – there’s nothing better.
I’ve been a public school teacher in grades 3 and 4. I’ve spent most of my career as a classroom teacher, but I’ve transitioned into a special education role that I love. My teaching philosophy is simple: engage, encourage, empower. We must find ways to reach each student where they are and to engage them in the best way that they learn. Learning something new is challenging! Students needs to be encouraged along the way, making sure they know the supports are there, but pulling back at the right moments to allow the student to grow. That growth is the key to empowerment, which gives students the confidence they need to go further than they ever thought possible.
- I hold a Master’s degree in Teaching, a Master’s degree in Political Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Management.
- I am certified to teach grades 1 – 6.
- I have 18 years of experience teaching and tutoring.
- I love historical fiction.
- Teaching is my third career. My first career was designing and building database systems, and my second career was working for a member of Congress as a Legislative Correspondent.
- I’m a knitter and belong to a knitting group that meets at a book-store!
- Being at home has turned me into a gardener, and my new hobby is rock painting.