Teacher, Thinker, Reader, and Writer
Education is one of my passions- I love discussing teaching and learning, and I love exploring new ways to make learning authentic and thinking-centered.
I was a language arts teacher, at the middle level, for 13 years, my entire career, and last year I embarked on a new journey- I am a literacy specialist. It is my dream come true!
I’ve shared my love of reading and writing with middle-schoolers for 16 years. I’ve taught all levels- from gifted and talented students to students who are reading 6 grades below their current level in school. This is what I know about each and every one of them: they want to share in our passion, they want to learn how to grow, and they want to we care about them.
I’ve also worked as a lab classroom for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). Teachers attending PEBC’s Thinking Strategies Institute learn how to support students’ deep understandings by analyzing the thinking strategies that readers use to make sense of complex texts and challenging content. Attendees visit PEBC Lab Classrooms like mine to see teachers and students using the thinking strategies in action.
Mama and Partner- Party of 5
My family is another passion of mine. It was a long road to get us to this Party of 5, so I do not take it for granted! My husband and I have been married for 13 eventful years. We have a 12-year-old daughter, Bre. We have a six-year-old son, Brady, and a four-year-old son, Ryder.
Like all working parents, my husband and I are a circus act trying to juggle everyone’s needs. I was really fortunate to be able to take a couple of years off with our kids, so being back in the classroom now feels like the right place to be.
THANK YOU for taking time to think and share your passion for teaching and learning with me. It’s an exciting time to be in education.