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“Hardest job I have ever loved”
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning American author and journalist. Legend credits Hemingway with the first six word story. Though debated, Hemingway composed a story on a napkin to win a bet with his colleagues. When challenged with my six word memoir, I knew it would have to connect to my teaching. “Hardest job I have ever loved” explains my teaching story. While teaching can be a challenge, what I get in return is immeasurable.
I took an indirect path to teaching. After spending over thirteen years in the human resources field, I decided it was time to pursue a childhood dream - become a teacher. I left the corporate world and obtained a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Otterbein College. My focus was on grades four through nine, with a concentration in language arts and social studies. My student teaching was done at New Albany in a 6th grade language arts class, and I was hired the following year for that exact position. After spending 3 years teaching 6th graders, I had the opportunity to take my love of reading and writing to 8th grade. This kept me busy until two years ago when I had the opportunity to teach 6th grade social studies. This year, I’m coming full circle back to my “home” in sixth grade language arts!
My husband and I live in Centerburg with our two dogs, Rudy and Daisy. My husband teaches robotics and automated manufacturing to juniors and seniors at C-TEC (Career and Technical Education Center) in Newark. In my free time, I love to bake and read.
I’m looking forward to getting to know my students this year and not only encouraging them in language arts, but helping them develop life-long skills!