As an APS Montessori teacher, I work to prepare a learning environment that integrates APS instructional requirements into the Montessori curriculum so as to meet the diverse needs of all learners. I love the multi-age, three year curriculum which supports learning according to student needs, interests and abilities and fosters growth as a community that cares for each other and their classroom.
I received my B.S. degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Virginia and my M.Ed degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. I received my Montessori certification at the Washington Montessori Institute and had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Montessori’s son at my graduation. I have been a Montessori teacher for 37 years. I taught for five years in a private Montessori school before coming to APS and have taught in various Arlington schools for the past 32 years.
I was born in Montana and moved to Northern Virginia in elementary school. I’ve lived in Virginia ever since. I am married and have a daughter in college. My husband and I enjoy eating out and watching classic old movies. We’re big Washington Nationals and ACC sports fans (we are a three ACC team family). I am an avid reader, and since discovering Agatha Christie mysteries long ago, I have been a mystery fan ever since. I enjoy traveling and look forward to getting to the Pacific coast of the USA and seeing more of Europe.
I truly enjoy sharing my love of reading with my students and I use a lot of literature to support instruction. I’m a big fan of beautifully illustrated books that capture and hold the interest of all my students, especially the works of Lois Ehlert, Denise Fleming and Jan Brett. I also like reading various versions of classic tales, such as The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man.