I am so excited to return to the Discovery family as a Montessori teacher this year! I look forward to a new adventure in teaching our youngest crew of Discovery Explorers. I hope to bring an element of learning, fun, and enthusiasm to a wonderfully curious age group.
I grew up in Arlington and attended McKinley, Swanson and Yorktown. I received my B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University in 2008 while also working as an Extended Day Aide at Arlington Traditional School. From 2008-2015, I was a Kindergarten Assistant at Jamestown Elementary School. I completed my Master’s in Education for grades Pre-K through 6 at Marymount University in 2016 and joined the Discovery team as a kindergarten assistant and then a 3rd grade and 1st grade teacher. Last year, I taught 2nd grade at a private school in Tampa, Florida.
I love to read, spend time outdoors, watch hockey (Go Caps!), take pictures, go on long bike rides and play the ukulele! I love animals and have a sweetheart of a dog named Kina. I also have two classroom leopard geckos named Zippy and Yoshi.
I chose to share the book Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller. It is a story about a little girl who watches sadly as her classmate is made fun of for spilling purple juice on her dress. As she thinks of ways to make her smile again, she contemplates the importance of being kind to others and realizes the big impact that small acts of kindness can have on the world. As a teacher, I believe that promoting an environment full of kindness and compassion is one of the most important things we can do for our students. By providing tools for children to build a safe and caring school community, we can also help them realize the big impact they can have in the world when they make kind choices.