This is my nineteenth year of teaching. I currently teach second grade. Much of what I believe about teaching evolved during a four year teaching opportunity that I had in a multi-age setting working with third, fourth, and fifth grade-age kids. I believe that truly exciting things happen for kids when we take off labels and limits and leave each to develop at his own individual pace.
My classroom is truly a workshop where students construct much of their own understanding through investigation. There is nothing more exciting than observing as a child makes a discovery and immediately lights a wildfire of interest throughout the classroom as others dive in to try the same strategy or method. I believe that two key components in any classroom are laughter and song. Since I know that different parts of the brain are stimulated through music, I attach tunes as often as possible to ensure that my kids have a hook for new information. My theory is simple: "More brain-more gain."
I served as a mentor for the Basic School Institute and was selected as Harrisonville School District's Educator of the Year in 2008. My greatest honor has been to serve as a cooperating teacher to five student teachers and then watch them move on to bless the lives of children in their own classrooms.
I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1988. I completed my Master's Degree in Teaching in 1997.
I have been married to the same wonderful, patient man for thirty years. He understands my passions and quirks; he knows that we will have to spend part of each vacation collecting rocks for my science center, and that I may, at any moment, grab a napkin or a receipt and jot down lyrics that will help my students remember a fact or strategy. We have two grown sons and three grandchildren. I love exploring new places, biking, hiking, running, and fun in the sun. My husband and I enjoy playing with our grandkids and cheering them on in their many endeavors.