Teaching has been my passion for a long time. My dad, sister, aunt and cousin are all teachers too—I think it runs in the family! I absolutely love working with students of all ages. I am starting my 23nd year of teaching; I have taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, middle school language arts and intervention reading and math, elementary math intervention, and high school English. Most of my time teaching has been spent at Meadows Elementary and Nisqually Middle School. This is my second year teaching 5th Grade at Woodland, and I am so excited to be a Wildcat!
I am committed to being the best teacher I can be. I am a National Board Certified Teacher; I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from St. Martin's University, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and I have several endorsement areas: K-8 teacher, K-12 Reading, 4-12 Language Arts, 4-12 History, and 4-12 Social Studies. I am a teacher because I am passionate about helping others develop their talents, skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. I want my students to have choices about their careers!
When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family. I have three adult step-daughters, two toddler granddaughters, and a grandson in the fourth grade. We bike ride, take walks, run, camp, read, and laugh a lot. I am a voracious reader—I love historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy books. I also enjoy helping with rebuilding 1970 era Datsun pickup trucks, spending time with friends, gardening, and biking. During the spring and summer, I work part time for USA Cycling as a race official for downhill mountain biking.