Grade/subject: Sixth grade science and social studies, Westfield Intermediate
Number of years teaching: 21
Background/schooling: Mentor High School, Ohio; bachelors in elementary education, Taylor University; and masters in education, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.
Why did you become a teacher? Education is the great equalizer. By taking advantage of the educational opportunities our country provides we can each achieve our dreams. I believe our nation’s hope lies in the hands of today’s students.
What goals do you have for your students? I desire for my students to take an active role in their education. I want them to understand that responsibility and work ethic are vital.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Encouraging children to work hard in everything they do will help students have a successful future, not just help them do well in school. I also feel that teaching children to treat all people, in all situations, with respect is important.
What is your favorite movie? “Sixteen Candles”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Phil Wickham
What’s something your students might not know about you? I often think about them after they leave my classroom. I always love to hear from former students.