I spent my first ten years teaching special education, first in a self-contained MiMH class, then as a Learning Disabilities resource teacher. During this time, I also taught as an adjunct instructor in the education dept. at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. For the past twenty two years, I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grades.
In my classroom I try to build a community of learners where everyone feels free to contribute. We use shared experiences to help us feel like a team, including enjoying good literature, playing games, putting on plays, and sharing ideas. We work with partners, in small groups, individually, and as a whole class. Since we all remember better what we enjoy, we try to keep our learning active and fun. And we always work on making good choices because, "Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of CHOICE."* *William Jennings Bryan
1997 Excellence in Education Award 2012 Horace Mann Abraham Lincoln Fellowship 2014 Excellence in Education Award
I earned my B.A. in special education at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. I then received my M.A. at Indiana State University, also in special education. I did additional coursework and earned my elementary education certification at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Since then I have continued my education through multiple graduate classes and seminars.
I grew up in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of nine children. I have been teaching in Vigo County, Indiana since 1984 (even though I am VERY young!) and have been teaching at Fayette Elementary School since 2004. I am currently teaching 4th grade. I live on a farm with my husband, Bob. We have three daughters: Elizabeth lives and works in Indianapolis, Colleen is a college senior who will be student teaching next spring, and Mary goes to West Vigo High School and keeps us busy watching softball and basketball games. In the summer, I play my flute in the Terre Haute Community Band, clean my house, and read a lot.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Anatomy, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Health, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Martin Luther King Day, Informational Text, Close Reading