I have 23 years total teaching experience. 14 years in elementary teaching K-4 Title Math 2nd-5th- 2 years Social Studies 7-8th for 3 years. Coaching Instructional Coaches 4 years.
My experiences as a child clearly influenced me to pursue education and teaching quickly became my passion. My number one goal has been to make school a positive experience for all my students. In a world often filled with chaos, I am one of the few stable factors in my students’ lives. I believe IF my students feel “wanted” in school and safe to take risks in my classroom, they will increase self-esteem and reach new heights. I'm currently working with adults in our teacher leadership program implementing Instructional Coaching to impact student learning.
2013 Linn-County Educator of the Year 2013 Linn-Mar Education Association Teacher of the Year Author of children’s books-International Picture Book Award Finalist 2011 for Aly~oop LMEA Member of the Year-2007 University of Iowa Belin-Blank Teacher Recognition Ceremony- 2003 Disney American Teacher of the Year Nominee- 2001 Gazette Educator of the Week- 2000
AA-NIACC BA- University of Iowa MA-Coe College
Also a Children's Author
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Informational Text