Communication with the parents/guardians of my students is vital for their success. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. E-mail is the best way to get a quick response from me.
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 22nd year of teaching; I have taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, middle school language arts and intervention reading and math, and high school English. Most of my time teaching has been spent at Meadows Elementary and Nisqually Middle School.
This is my first year at Woodland and I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade here!
I am committed to being the best teacher I can be. I am a National Board Certified Teacher; I have a Bachelors 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.
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 third 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.