Grade/school: Third grade, Washington Woods Elementary
Background/schooling: Lakeland High School, LeGrange; bachelor’s in elementary education, Manchester College; and master’s in education, Ball State University.
Why did you become a teacher? I had several dedicated and creative teachers whose inspiration allowed me to realize that my creative energy and teaching would be a great career choice.
What goals do you have for your students? I am always challenging my students to become independent learners with the assurance I’m there if they need assistance. I enjoy “teachable moments” with each student as we conference and edit writing pieces.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? With the assistance of a Westfield Foundation Education Grant, I created a genre based independent reading program titled “Genre Joust” with questions about books. With parents’ assistance, my students reading skills and vocabulary are improving and expanding. The best way to become a great reader is to read.
What is your favorite TV show? I enjoy watching the HGTV channel. It has been fun making my house a home.
Who is you favorite musician or band? I enjoy any jazz.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I truly enjoy volunteering for the arts and theater at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and Clowes Hall in Indianapolis. We have such wonderful artistic opportunities and it’s great to see audiences enjoy the arts.