I have more than 20 years experience as a dedicated educator and recently became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of early/middle childhood literacy. I have worked as an ESL/ABE teacher, a Literacy Coach, Title, 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade teacher. I currently teach, learn with and inspire kindergarten - 6th graders as the Title 1 Lead Teacher at my school.
My classroom is filled with enthusiasm, optimism, caring, and creativity. I appreciate the uniqueness of my students. I know that every single day I have the choice to help build a student up or tear him down. I focus on my student’s strengths while identifying their areas of need. Together we work to improve them. I empower students with a “can-do” attitude. I model and teach character traits, thinking skills and life skills that will help my students long after they leave my classroom. I develop trusting and mutually respectful relationships with my students and their parents. I form partnerships with parents to provide the support and guidance my students need. I will never stop being a learner myself and will do all that I can to encourage my students to also be life-long learners. I foster a love of literacy by sharing my passion for reading and writing. I help kids build a solid foundation by helping them learn the strategies and skills all good readers and writers must have. I seek out opportunities, ideas, books, technology, and other people to assist me with learning experiences that will enrich my students. I appreciate the satisfaction of knowing that what I love doing (teaching) makes a tremendous difference in the world.
Published Article in “Reading Today” (International Reading Association), Albert Lea, MN School District Teacher of the Year Nominee, KAAL TV Excellent Educator Award, LEEA (Leadership in Educational Excellence Award) Recipient, Paul Wellstone/MAASFEP Parent Involvement Grant Award Recipient, Celebrate Literacy Award Winner, Central Minnesota Reading Council
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, Education Specialist Program, Ed.S. Program with a Specialization in K-12 Leadership Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, Masters in Education Program with Emphasis on Literacy Clarke College, Dubuque, IA, B.A. in Elementary Education, with Reading Emphasis.
National Board Certified Teacher (2012-2022) Member of the Teacher Advisory Panel for the International Reading Association (2010-2012) President (2009) and Executive Board member (2005-2010) with the Minnesota Reading Association Presented at IRA Conventions, MN Department of Education, and numerous state education conferences