As a classroom teacher, my role is to create a classroom setting where students will have a love of learning. I hope to strengthen their social and academic growth and learn to create more independence in the classroom.
I attended Radford University and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration. My passion was always with children, so in 2003 I entered George Mason University’s Masters in Education program. I graduated with my Masters in 2006. During my school work, I worked at Arlington Science Focus School as a Kindergarten Assistant for a year and was hired at ASFS as a Kindergarten teacher. I was a Kindergarten teacher for 8 years. In 2015, I helped open the doors to our brand new school. This will be my fourth year teaching first grade and 12th year teaching in Arlington.
As a lifelong Arlingtonian, I enjoy spending time here with my husband and two daughters playing outside, watching them play sports, and growing up in the area that I did. We also love spending time in the Outer Banks and relaxing in the sun.
A book that reveals something about me is Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell. In this book, Molly Lou Mellon is teased at school. Her grandmother told her that it did not matter what others said about her and “Stand Tall” and be proud of who she is and what she has become. I try to enrich this into my own children’s lives to “stand tall” and do not let anyone stand in their way. As I want my own children to understand how important this is, I also want my students to know this as well. This book reminds me that every student that comes through the classroom door is special in their own way and they will blossom no matter what.