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First Grade Teacher

Professional Statement
     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
Personal Information
     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.