I'm so excited to begin my seventeenth year at Lovejoy! Each year, while unique in its own right, has been equally full of challenges, surprises, laughter, and love. I am a lifelong learner and am always seeking the most engaging way to reach children. My passion is developing warm, positive relationships with my students and creating a positive, challenging, respectful learning environment.
I am a northerner by birth, having spent my first 30 years or so in Minnesota. There, I was blessed with a variety of teaching experiences. I spent a year and a half as a reading teacher in a Montessori classroom, then I taught first grade for two years, and followed that with a year teaching in a combined fifth- and sixth-grade classroom. Each experience taught me a great deal about children (and about myself!) and deepened my commitment to education.
I am the proud mom of two amazing Lovejoy Leopards--Ally is a freshman at Lovejoy High School and Jonah is an 8th grader at Willow Springs Middle School.
I am an avid reader and an aspiring (but yet-to-be-published) writer. I love craft projects, walking, and swimming.