As a first grade teacher, I have the awesome privilege and responsibility of helping students enjoy and love learning. It is fascinating to watch a first grade student bloom with confidence as their skills grow. As the teacher to a first grade student, it is my role to teach the skills that build a foundation for life-long learning, and remember that each child is a unique individual, learner and friend.
I believe in creating a learning environment that is a calm, inviting place, where each student feels valued and comfortable, and where expectations are consistent.
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons. Author Unknown
I've always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I would play school in my room, setting up my dolls and stuffed animals to be my students. I even tried to make my own overhead projector!
I attended UW-Milwaukee and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Early Childhood education, certified to teach preschool-grade 3. My career has focused on teaching first grade and kindergarten students. I have taken many courses over the years, but the most fascinating experience was a trip to New York in 2012 to learn the art of teaching reading from Lucy Calkins.
In addition to being a teacher, my husband Joe and I are the proud parents to 4 sons. When we are not spending time with our family, we love to take long walks in the woods with our dog. I enjoy reading, knitting and volunteer work.