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 last year, making a move to fourth grade. I absolutely loved 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 am the “mom” to two fur babies. Abby and Tigger are my soon to be 18 year old cats. Geriatric pets are a challenge in and of themselves, but I love them beyond what words can express. Tigger is insulin dependent, taking injections twice each day. Abby takes medication for her severe arthritis, which has her moving very slowly. During my free time, I volunteer with the Licking County Humane Society and Rascal Animal Hospital for their spay and neuter clinics.