I graduated from Trinity Christian College in 2013, near to where I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. From there, I used my elementary and special education degrees to teach for a year in Oklahoma before moving slightly closer to home in Pella, Iowa where I taught for three more years. My passion lies in working in the kindergarten-3rd grade range, and I’m excited to continue my education with courses designed around reading as I earn my Literacy Studies masters degree through Western Michigan University.
Aside from teaching, I greatly enjoy extending my professional knowledge of education through book studies, extra classes, trainings, and seminars. Some of my favorites so far include: a class at the zoo learning about ecosystems; a two-day conference at the famous Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia; a fascinating book study regarding dyslexia; and my trainings as lead science teacher in the Science Writing Heuristic approach to teaching science through hands-on, inquiry-based methods.
Outside of the teaching world, I love volleyball, tubing, soccer, reading, the White Sox, escape rooms, traveling and the beach! Spending time with family and friends usually involves one (or more) of those activities. So far, I have been to Italy, Spain, and Haiti and I can’t wait to see more of God’s wonderful, wide world.
I truly believe that each child was blessed by God with the skills and talents needed to work hard to achieve success. I love the job of helping kids find their potential and to exceed even their own expectations. I think learning can and should be fun and I seek to consistently make that evident each day as we all learn to give the glory, honor, and praise to God.