I have been teaching for a little over 30 years, with the majority of my experience in first grade. However, my background is varied, as I have taught Title I Reading, kindergarten, first grade, fourth and fifth grades. This past year I taught kindergarten to 17 little sweethearts!!
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I received my bachelors in elementary education from McPherson College in Kansas in 1978. I know, it's like forever ago. Over the years I took many classes, but didn't pursue my masters until after my children were grown. In 2005 I graduated with my Masters in Reading from Western Illinois University.
I am the mother of 3 wonderful children. Well, they're more like wonderful adults now. But, to me they will always be kids. :0) My two sons are married to wonderful girls who both work in education. My daughter is a Pre-K teacher in a small central Illinois community. She always said she wouldn't be a teacher. Aw! She decided to follow in her mom's footprints. Yeah! My husband, Rick is also an educator. He teaches building trades in our community to high school students. So glad I've had the opportunity to be an elementary teacher. We have 7 beautiful grandchildren. Wesson, Oscar, Cooper, Wyatt, Campbell, Willow and Braxton. It's fantastic being a grammy!! Love it!!
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