When I first began teaching, 7 years ago I taught in a second grade bilingual classroom. After two years in second grade, I moved to a suburban district where I taught 4th grade for 3 years before beginning a 4th-5th grade looping classroom.
I love to make connections with students. I enjoy getting to know each one on an individual basis and use their interests to motivate them. I believe in bringing real world connections into the classroom. Most importantly I try to inspire and motivate my students to be considerate, kind and interested in serving others. I am challenged each day to provide time for collaboration, creativity and critical thinking throughout our day!
I won our school districts honor of a "Class Act" teacher in 2011. I also had the honor of presenting my mini economy to a group of teachers through Economics Wisconsin in 2011. I am SMART certified trainer and work to train teachers in our district on effective use of SMART technology in their classrooms.
I graduated from Marquette University with a joint degree in Elementary Education and Spanish literature and language. My degree from Marquette has a strong concentration in social justice due to the Jesuit vision of the university. In 2009 I completed my Masters degree in the cultural foundations of education. Since then I have earned 9 other credits concentrated on topics such as parent involvement, technology and financial literacy!
I enjoy a quiet life in the company of my two dogs -- Berkeley and Ginger here in Wisconsin. I like to think teaching is in my blood as I come from a long line of effective teachers!