As an ESOL/HILT teacher, my role is to utilize my formal education, diverse experience, and enthusiasm to help all children achieve their highest potential. My goal is to encourage students to love learning and feel confident in their social and academic settings. I hope to collaborate with students, parents and teachers to help each student be successful.
I attended James Madison University and graduated with a degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Then several years later I completed a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University with a concentration in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. I have been a classroom teacher and an ESOL/HILT teacher for several years. I have taught part time at Discovery for 3 years as well as part time at Campbell Elementary School in Arlington Virginia. I am very excited to continue teaching at Discovery this year. I have also been a volunteer at the Reading Connection for about 7 years and this experience has truly enhanced my empathy for working with children that are under stress. This non-profit organization strives to improve the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create literacy-rich environments. This experience continues to be a constant reminder that in order for children to learn, they must feel comfortable in their environment.
As a Northern Virginia native, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, ages 2 and 7. We enjoy playing outside, reading together, going to museums/shows and doing arts and crafts activities. We also love spending time at the pool and the beach in the summer relaxing. I love other cultures, languages, and traveling the world. I taught English in Rome, Italy for a summer and have been lucky enough to travel to about twelve countries in the world. It’s a truly fascinating place!
A book that reveals something about me is Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Breenan-Nelson. In this book, Buzzy the bumblebee, is sitting in a beautiful garden, stranded on top of a flower, and is told that “Bumblebees weren’t made to fly.” The adventure throughout the story challenges Buzzy to overcome obstacles without his wings that he had never before thought possible. He travels over the stream and through the high grass, and finally back home where his parents with love and support tell him, “You’re doubting yourself. Fear is in the way. Listen to your heart Buzzy. Not what others say.” Eventually Buzzy the Bumblebee stopped doubting himself and believed once again that he was able to fly. This book reminds me of when I was scared and nervous about traveling abroad for a summer and felt like I wouldn’t be able to do it. With persistence, love, support and confidence it was an incredible experience for me. I want my students to know that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and listen to your heart.