Degrees and Certifications:
My love for education and teaching began at an early age. Unofficially, I began teaching (my sister!) when I was in fourth grade. My desire to learn and help others never wavered. I graduated from Capital University with a BA degree in Elementary and Special Education. My Masters in Elementary Education is from Marygrove College.
Prior to coming to New Albany, I worked for Columbus City Schools in two capacities. I tutored high school students for six years at the Teresa Dowd Homeless Shelter Education Center. It was an honor to work with those kids and help them during a traumatic time in their lives. Enduring relationships with some of those students lasted more than a decade. In addition to this, I tutored adult students who desired to return to school and obtain their GED. Again, through Columbus City Schools, I worked in the Adult Basic Education area for over six years.
My tenure with New Albany Plain Local School District began in 1997. Following a long-term sub position at the high school, my first full time position was as a first grade teacher. That was quite a learning curve for me following so many years working with teens and adults! After four years at that grade level, I spent the next 15 years in third grade. What a great age and grade to teach!
I accepted a new challenge in 2016, making a move to fourth grade. I absolutely love it. Having the opportunity to loop with most of my third graders made this a dream come true. I look forward to another wonderful year with a new class of fourth graders.
"Personally, I have been the "mom" to two fur babies. I adopted two kitties back in 1999. Tigger, my orange tabby lived to be 18. His sister Abby will be 20 years old on 9-11-19. Other than arthritis, she gets along well and is the light of my life.