I have my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. I have my Masters of Science in Integrating Technology into the Classroom from Walden University.
I have taught at Brompton since the fall of 2004. I love so many things about teaching, but probably the best part about it is the “A Ha!” moments when students finally click with a concept. These moments come at different times for each student, and each time is rewarding for me. Math is my favorite subject. I tell the students I’m more of an algebra person than geometry. I’ve always enjoyed calculating answers and working through puzzles, but my spatial awareness and reasoning has always been something I need to work at a bit more.
My teaching philosophy is mostly about giving students what they need while still challenging them. I believe that every child is capable of great things. In my classroom I encourage a growth mindset from all students in everything they do. I don’t think a teacher can align with any one practice since students are all different. I believe incorporating technology in any way I can, utilizing the skills I have from obtaining my Masters in Integrating Technology in the Classroom, and using collaboration. I also believe in celebrating differences and fostering acceptance. I think that these practices help prepare students to be successful as leaders in a global society. I also really enjoy adding play to student learning. When students are playing a math game, for example, there are many valuable number talks that can take place which increases learning. Games allow students to have fun while learning, which can foster lifelong learners.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have 2 children (Alex and Samantha) who are such a joy to be around. They have each helped me grow as a teacher both in and out of the classroom. I am able to see things from a parent’s perspective more now than when I first started teaching. I like to read, write, sing, and play the piano. Another thing I really enjoy is networking. I belong to many social and professional networks and find them a real asset.
I have wanted to be a teacher all of my life. In my baby book, it’s listed right next to actress, singer, and witch. I always wanted to be like Glenda the good witch from Wizard of Oz. have engaged in storytelling along with my mother in the past, and did a long term sub position for a year in an elementary library prior to starting at Brompton. Growing up in Kenosha, I had many wonderful teachers that greatly influenced my decision to become a teacher as well as my practices and am pleased to be part of such a great legacy now.