Grade/school: Sixth-grade language arts, Westfield Intermediate School
Number of years teaching: Three
Background/schooling: Ravenswood High School, Ravenswood, W.V.; and bachelor’s in elementary education, IUPUI.
Why did you become a teacher? I wanted to do something with my life that I felt had purpose and meaning. I have always enjoyed working with children, so teaching was a perfect fit!
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to develop a joy in learning new things, and be inspired to make a difference in the world.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? We are never too old to be read to. Or at least have them reading something each night. I always encourage that. Also, just be involved in your children’s lives. As a parent, I am finding out firsthand how quickly children grow up. Enjoy this time and don’t take it for granted.
What is your favorite movie? “Back to the Future.”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Blink-182
What’s something your students might not know about you? I am a musician and I love writing songs.