I am excited to be part of your child's education this year at Lacey! This will be my third year as a third grade teacher at Lacey, and my ninth year as an elementary school teacher. I spent six years teaching in New Mexico, and then in the Highline School District in the Seattle area. I earned my bachelor's degree in anthropology from Loyola University New Orleans and my Masters in Teaching from Western New Mexico University. Before becoming a classroom teacher, I spent many years developing and teaching science and nature summer camps, after-school programs, and school group programs with the Pacific Science Center and the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Seattle. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana (West Africa), where I worked with the community to organize after-school environment clubs, a community environment day event, a school computer lab, a leadership camp for junior high school girls, and a large-scale tree-planting project.
I am committed to learning about each of my student’s strengths and needs so that I can help empower them to achieve their academic, social and emotional goals. Although this year presents some very unusual circumstances, I will do my best to ensure that every child has the resources they need to be successful and that all students feel safe, proud, brave, respected, and included in my classroom.