Grade/subject: First Grade, Carey Ridge Elementary
Number of years teaching: 15
Background/schooling: Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Ill.; bachelor’s in communication, Hanover College; elementary education certification, Indiana University, Indianapolis; master’s in education, Ball State University.
Why did you become a teacher? I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember. My mother was a second- and fourth-grade teacher, and she instilled values as well as created the drive in me to be a grade school teacher. My interest in teaching was heightened when I was in second grade with my favorite teacher, Mrs. Cohen. Seeing and experiencing a grade school teacher in action made me want to be the best positive role model I can be.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to feel successful in school and have confidence in themselves. From the beginning to the end of the school year, I enjoy seeing the students’ progress. I encourage them to grow and learn in my classroom as much as they can and develop the necessary skills for the next grade level.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I always encourage parents to read nightly with their children. I also stress the importance to parents that they should work with their children, spend quality time with them, and be engaged in the learning process with them.
What is your favorite movie? “The Princess Bride.”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Bruce Springsteen and Kenny Chesney
What’s something your students might not know about you? I have loved going to Disneyworld several times with my husband, daughter and son. Last year, we rode the Expedition Everest Ride for the first time at Animal Kingdom.