I am excited to be joining the Discovery team as a special education teacher! As an educator, it is my goal to assist every student to become a contributing member of society. My belief is that we need to consider the whole child in order to help them develop a positive self-image, maintain their physical well-being, and a love and desire for learning. This is best accomplished by creating an inviting inclusive environment that fosters and promotes mutual respect. I also believe it is essential to work as a team with staff and parents to ensure every child’s success.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from George Mason University and I’m pursuing my Master’s Degree in Special Education at University of Virginia. I started teaching in Arlington County in 1990 as an elementary school 1st grade teacher at Barrett Elementary School. After teaching 5 years, I took some time off to raise my children, and transitioned to a homebound teacher for 10 years in Arlington County. My experience at Barrett Elementary and as a Homebound teacher inspired me to become a special education teacher.
I enjoy cooking, traveling, spoiling my golden retriever named “Goose,” working out at “Orangetheory,” and spending time with my two kids. My daughter is in her 3rd year of grad school earning her doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina. My son is in his senior year studying computer science at Highpoint University in Highpoint North Carolina.
One of my favorite children’s books is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. My children loved this book growing up. I enjoyed reading it to them and seeing their reactions to the giant furry monster. I also enjoyed reading this to my students in school. I like the lesson the main character “Max” learns after being mischievous and getting sent to his room without supper. After Max has a fantasy about boarding a ship that takes him far away to the home of the wild things, he becomes lonely and returns home to find a hot supper waiting for him. The message of parental love is the one that stood out to me.