I came to teaching by way of advertising. I am new to the field and bring a different perspective. I began working in Title I Literacy (grades 3-6), then got my first classroom job teaching sixth grade. I then taught a year of fifth grade and am now in a 5/6 multi-loop. I hold a K-6 license, 7-12 license (French), and am working on my last Master's class with a Reading concentration. In the fall, I will finish my Reading Endorsement.
As a teacher, I'm pretty hands-off. I love when my kids take the wheel! I have high standards for all of my learners; we work hard , but we play hard too. I try hard to integrate technology and project-based learning at every turn. Some folks say I'm unconventional and I say: If it's not fun, why do it?
In my school, I serve on the Technology Committee and School Improvement Committee. In our district, I am a part of the Common Core Implementation Action Team.
I grew up attending schools in rural Vermont. I went to a Montessori-type Kindergarten, a private school for grades 1-4, and public school from grades 5-12. My first major in college was Elementary Education at the University of Vermont. I then transferred to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where I earned a B.S. in Communications. In 2008, I joined the teacher licensure program at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, where I have done all of my post-grad work in Education.
My husband and I live on a mini farm in the hills of very rural Vermont. We raise chickens, ducks, and sheep (and dogs and cats!) and love to work our land. We own a small, organic pest control business, which my husband operates. In my spare time, I read, practice yoga, and cook vegetarian food.