Degrees and Certifications:
I was born in Niagara Falls, New York and graduated from Buffalo State University College with a BA in Education, and an emphasis on Pre-K to 6th grade. I moved to Arizona in 1989 and began teaching at Bellair Elementary school in 1991. During that time I continued to pursue my education, earning one M. Ed in Elementary Education (NAU); a Certification in Administration (NAU) and a second M. Ed degree at ASU in Educational Technology.
While I lived in Niagara Falls, I trained and worked as a Radiologic Technologist at two hospitals in the Western New York area. I also worked for ten years as a technologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.
At Bellair, I've taught kindergarten, second grade and now teach gifted students reading, writing and math in a replacement model called the SAGE program. This is my twenty-eighth year in a Bellair classroom. During the summer, I teach technology at Camp Plug and Play, a tech camp for teachers hosted by the Arizona K12 Center. I also attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and have enjoyed presenting there and at many other conferences over the years.
I find teaching to be an unpredictable, exciting, and rewarding job and as a life-long learner myself, I strive to help students become lifelong learners.
Welcome to SAGEtown!!