I live in Carrollton, TX with my husband, three children, and one energetic dog. I grew up in Citrus Heights, CA and Houston, TX and have also lived in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Virginia. I enjoy spending time with my immediate and extended family. I also enjoy traveling, reading, music, and finding the adventures in life.
I have been teaching for 25 years. In that time, I have taught Kindergarten, Preschool 3,Preschool 4, third grade, fourth grade, K-8 music, and spent time as an early childhood director. I graduated from Concordia College (now Concordia University) in Seward, NE with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Concentration in Music. I received my Master of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. I am a member of the Lutheran Educator Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and am a faithful follower of multiple educational blogs and websites.
I like to stay busy at school and at home. I love music and enjoy directing the K-2 choir, teaching music classes to Kindergarten and first grade, and helping with the school musical. I worship at Zion Lutheran Church and help with the youth group, volunteer with “Feed my Starving Children,” and other activities. I enjoy supporting Texas Dynamix Gymnastics in Carrollton, the Miracle League of Frisco, STEM Academy of Lewisville, and Dallas Lutheran School.
I believe Kindergarten should be the year students learn to love school. I work to make students feel comfortable, safe, and secure each day and promote a love for learning. I search for a student’s strengths and weaknesses and help them to find tools to overcome their challenges while persevering to the finish. My greatest joy is watching the growth that takes place from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. I hope students smile when they remember Kindergarten. It is a special year in the life of a child and I am just happy to be a part of it.
"Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily." -Finnish saying