Degrees and Certifications:
This will be my 26th year teaching. I graduated from University of Mount Union with a Bachelor’s degree in 1992 and Ashland University for my Master’s degree in 1997. I hold an Ohio Teaching License with teaching certificates in the areas of elementary education, specific learning disabilities, and reading. My career started at Fort Frye Local Schools, near Marietta, where I taught learning disabled students for two years. One year working with grades 6-8 and the next year working with grades 1-5. I then moved to Columbus and worked in Gahanna City Schools. There I was a Resource Room Teacher for learning disabled students in grades 1-6 for six years. I joined the New Albany staff in 2000 as a Reading Intervention Teacher. I worked with grades 2-3. I taught reading intervention for 12 years before moving to my current 2nd grade position.
There is no other place I would rather be than New Albany, and no other profession I would rather have than teaching. Second grade is a stimulating, exciting place to be! We’ll focus on developing a wide range of reading skills and strategies through the use of quality literature and phonics. As a second grader, your child will be provided with many creative and informational writing experiences, hands-on math activities, and inquiry based science and social studies units. This will encourage critical thinking as well as meeting the needs of all learning styles. This is so all of my students have a wide range of vehicles for learning.
My husband, Tom, and I have three daughters and live in New Albany. Katie is in 12th grade, Kellie is in 3rd grade and Mollie is in her second year of preschool. Much of my time outside of school is spent driving my children to their many activities and cheering them on at their sports! Katie is on the field hockey team and sails competitively, and both Kellie and Mollie play soccer.
As a parent and teacher, I can truly provide a comfortable, stimulating, nurturing, and challenging environment for your child. My promise to you is that I will consistently put the best interest of each child in my class first, keep you informed about your child’s growth and classroom activities, and always welcome your input and support. As the year progresses, I also encourage you to contact me with any concerns, questions, or comments you might have. You can always leave a message for me on my voicemail, write me a note, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.