As a Kindergarten teacher, my role is to foster the development of lifelong learners. I create a classroom environment that challenges students to grow cognitively, socially, and emotionally while providing the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively with their peers. This foundation prepares them for a lifetime of learning and success.
I attended James Madison University (Go DUKES!) where I received both my bachelors and masters degree in Elementary Education. Loving all the Northern Virginia/D.C. area has to offer, I decided to move to Arlington following graduation to begin my teaching career. For the first seven years of my career I taught first grade in Fairfax County. Last year I joined the APS family by becoming a Nottingham knight where I currently teach Kindergarten. As a kindergarten teacher at Discovery next year, I am excited to have the opportunity to continue exercising my passion for teaching children to read.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends by hiking and camping, playing games, and traveling to new places. When I have a few minutes to myself one can usually find me on a long run, standing tree pose on my yoga mat, exercising my creative genius on my latest DIY project, or simply swinging on my hammock with my nose stuck in a book.
One book that reveals something about me is Big Al by Andrew Clements. In this picture book, Big Al is a large fish with sharp teeth who wants nothing more than to have a friend. Unfortunately, even though Big Al is the “nicest fish in the whole wide blue sea” he has trouble making friends as the other fish are afraid of his appearance. Despite Big Al’s many attempts to make friends, his efforts continually fall flat leaving him lonely and wondering if he’ll ever have a single friend. Then one day when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be! I enjoy reading this story each year as I believe this book’s many lessons: don’t judge a book by its cover, value the uniqueness of every individual, true friendship is based on the depth of one friend’s devotion to another, and if at first you don’t succeed try and try again are wonderful ideas to instill in all our students!