Twenty-four years of elementary and middle school teaching experience including: science teacher for grades 3 - 8, math/technology teacher for grades 5 - 8, multi-age clusters for grades 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8, self-contained classrooms for grades 3, 5 and 6, drama assistant, musical director, and science fair coordinator.
I believe in Howard Gardner’s Theory of the Multiple Intelligences, which leads me to vary the opportunities my students experience throughout the day. Differing the instruction method, I hope to shift each learning experience to touch all learning styles and intelligences. Children need lessons that allow them to actively participate, move, inquire and respond.
Northern Michigan Teacher of the Year 1999 Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2009. Peer-selected leader for the Administration Team in 2012. Selected by Administration to participate in MACUL Cohort 2009-2011.
BS in Education from Central Michigan University Major in Physical Science Minor in Music Finishing a Masters Degree from Ferris State University SEI (Structure English Immersion) Certification MACUL Cohort (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning)
My own passion for the arts inspires me to integrate aspects of them with all subject areas whenever possible. Drama, music, painting, photography, pantomime and more. Having grown up along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, I've grown to love learning about (and collecting) rocks and minerals. Geology is FUN to me! I'm taking a year off of teaching to farm organically and learn hands-on how to grow healthy produce that is chemical free.