I have been a teacher for an amazing 18 years! I have had the privilege of working with children from PreK through third grade as well as teaching special needs preschool and elementary students. My experiences have taken me from Illinois to Iowa and now to North Carolina.
My classroom is a fun, energetic, family-style classroom. We work and play hard, laugh a lot, and try to make school a safe and exciting place to be. I had a hard time as an elementary student, so I try to be as encouraging and helpful to my students as I can be. I believe that we can learn from our mistakes as well as our successes, and I strive to help children see that learning is something they will do their entire lives.
Allen Jay Elementary Teacher of the Year 2008 Mission Possible Teacher Leader 2011 to present
Graduated from Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto IL- 1988 Graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville- 1993 Graduate courses from Western Illinois University in reading Graduate courses from Appalachian State, UNCG, UNCC in elementary math Currently enrolled in master's program at Western Illinois University
I live with my best friend & husband of 24 years, Rob in central North Carolina. We have three young adult children (Robert, 22; Barbara, 21; and Matthew, 20), one dog, Samson, and one cat, Cinnamon. I love sunflowers and brown eyed susans and could eat tomatoes every day and never get tired of them! I like to make cards and am learning to sew and quilt as well.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Measurement, Numbers, Health, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Early Intervention