Degrees and Certifications:
This will be my 1st year at Terramar and I am so excited to join the Terramar Titans! I am looking forward to starting my 22nd year of teaching! All of my 22 years have been in 4th grade and in the Deer Valley district. I am actually a product of the Deer Valley district, as I attended Bellair, Desert Sky, and Deer Valley High School. I feel honored to teach in the district where I grew up.
After high school I went to Glendale Community College and then transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Education. In May of 2008 I received my Master's in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I have expertise in Kagan learning structures, Thinking Maps, and The Leader In Me. I was honored to be one of the nominees for Deer Valley Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.
Some of my hobbies include reading, going on road trips and spending time at home with my family. My favorite types of books to read are autobiographies. I have read about Bette Midler, Ellen Degeneres, Betty White, Fred Astaire, among others. This past summer we took a road trip to California and Sedona. We love the beach and my daughter, Hailee, had a great time running after the waves (and running FROM the waves too!) Northern Arizona has a special place in my heart because my husband and I took many trips up there early on in our relationship.
I have been married to my husband Scott for 16 years. We have a 4.5 year old daughter named Hailee. I can't believe the changes we've seen in this last year! Her imagination runs wild and I hope she never loses that! We also have 2 fur babies! Our oldest is a bichon frise named Chloe. She is about 11 years old. Our other dog is a lab named Mocha. She is 5.5 years old. They are so fun to play with and snuggle up to!
Teaching has been pretty much the only thing I ever wanted to do. I remember playing "school" with my stuffed animals when I was little. My mom had bought a huge chalkboard and I used to teach my "lessons" to anyone who would listen. As I grew older I thought about going into music as I studied flute in high school and college but I ultimately decided on going into the classroom because I just loved teaching all subjects. Reading is definitely my favorite of all subjecst to teach though.
I believe that an effective teacher is one who not only has high expectations, but provides a positive atmosphere and builds positive relationships with her students. This establishes a culture of trust and understanding which leads to an environment where students learn at high levels. I look forward to meeting you and your child this year!