Grade/subject at what school: Second grade, Maple Glen Elementary
Number of years teaching: 10
Background/Schooling (college & high school): Noblesville High School; B.S. elementary education, Ball State University; and M.A. education, Indiana Wesleyan University.
Why did you become a teacher? I was influenced by many people in my life. Particularly, my second grade teacher, who went above and beyond to make me feel confident and able. My aunt, who taught in the Westfield Washington School District for many years, was a wonderful role model for me when I was growing up. I always wanted to help people in some capacity and teaching was my calling.
What goals do you have for your students? My student’s know when they are in my class to believe in themselves. I have always encouraged them to believe “the sky is the limit”. They hold the key to their path of knowledge. I am just merely here to guide them along their journey. When we are engaging and learning, we are also having fun. At the end of the school year, they have reached their learning goals and are truly proud of their accomplishments.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Enjoy all aspects of learning with your child. You can turn almost any moment into a teaching moment. Parent involvement is crucial for the home and school connection to be effective. You are your child’s first teacher. Be involved and embrace life lessons together.
What is your favorite movie? “Pay it Forward”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Too many to count! I do have a major soft spot for 80’s music and bands.
What’s something your students might not know about you? My family started a foundation in memory of our son and daughter who passed away from a rare genetic disease. The money raised goes directly to Riley Children’s Hospital. We were the first family to have a patient room, in the Simon Tower, named in honor of our children.