• “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein

  • All About Me!!

    Out of my twenty-seven years of teaching, I've taught twenty-three years in the Deer Valley School District.  I graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language endorsement.  Later, I received a master’s degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement from Northern Arizona University.  First grade is my favorite grade!

    2012-2013 was my first year at Sierra Verde.  It was a year that changed my life.  I wanted to get to know the community and blend in, but life took an unexpected turn on January 2, 2013.  My daughter, Katrina, was in an accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.  Sierra Verde's Reindeer Run had been rained out in December and postponed.  It turned out to be the biggest Reindeer run/walk ever when it was changed to a "Go for the Gersters" fundraiser.  Sierra Verde community, Mountain Ridge community, and beyond pulled together in an amazing way.  My daughter was given support that has helped her and my family move forward on our new journey.  That day allowed us to realize that we were not alone in what we were dealing with.  Katrina was able to return to school and finish off her junior year at Mountain Ridge with straight A's!  She is an inspiration not only to me, but also to many others.  My students that year learned to never give up and to keep on keeping on!  Katrina went on to graduate from Mountain Ridge in May 2014 and graduated from Barrett, ASU's Honor College, in May of 2018.  She is in the graduate program at ASU and works for the City of Phoenix.

    I feel blessed to have two grown up "kids."  My son enjoys being a truck driver. Being a close family allows more time with my granddaughter. She brings me so much joy being her "Gaga."  It amazes me how quickly my own kids have grown up.  You may have a first grader now.  Make sure you enjoy each moment because it will go too fast.  

    I'm a native to Phoenix, Arizona.  I love to spend time with family and friends, ride my bike, read, work on puzzles, and do creative things like beading, scrapbooking, or making cards.   

    My favorite book is ‘Love You Forever’ by Robert Munsch.  It’s about a mother’s unconditional love that spreads to the next generation.  It’s also no secret that my favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse or that my favorite color is red.  Both seem bright and cheery to me.

    I have high expectations for myself and my students.   I help my students understand that mistakes are a part of learning and to never give up!   I help my students to strengthen their weaknesses and to not let their strengths get weak.  I teach with songs, books, poems, many other teaching tools, and lots of heart.

  • A Few of My Favorite Things:

    Favorite Color:  Red

    Favorite Character:  
    Mickey Mouse
    Favorite Restaurants:  
    Favorite Food:  
    Pizza! - (Love Fired Pie!!) 
    Favorite Drink:  Water or Iced Tea
    Favorite Snack:  
    Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar
    Dark Chocolate Almonds &
    Chocolate Covered Peanuts 
    Favorite Candy Bars:  Take 5
    Favorite Hobby:  
    Going to the Movies
    We Love Harkins!  
    Favorite Scent:  
    Sweet Pea (Spring/Summer)
    Vanilla Brown Sugar (Fall/Winter)