As a classroom teacher, I work hard to build a sense of community, joy for learning, and to maximize learning for all students in my class.
I attended the University of Delaware as an undergrad and majored in Early Childhood Education. I received my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in Inclusion from The George Washington University. I spent a year teaching in both Delaware and Maryland before beginning teaching in Virginia. This year will be my 23rd year teaching in Virginia, and my 22nd year teaching in Arlington Public Schools. I have taught in a variety of positions including Reading Recovery, Virginia Preschool Initiative, self-contained preschool teacher, kindergarten and first-grade special education resource teacher, and 15 years teaching Kindergarten. This will be my second year teaching first grade at Discovery and I am very excited to meet my new students!
I enjoy spending time with my husband and my two sons, aged 19 and 14, who both attended/attend Arlington Public Schools for their entire education. In my spare time, I love to read and travel and do so every chance I get. This summer, I greatly enjoyed our vacation in Barcelona, Spain, and Tangier, Morocco. I also love the beach and spend as much time as possible in the summer in Lewes Beach, Delaware. I am a native Delawarean– go Blue Hens!
One of my favorite children’s authors is Mo Willems and if I had to narrow it down to my single favorite book that he has written, it would have to be Knuffle Bunny. My favorite part in the book is when Tricia went “boneless” as it reminds me of one of my sons at that age. I have always loved reading this book to my classes because they all appreciate the humor in a tough situation and I think that’s an important life lesson. I love this book for the joy and humor and love of reading that it provides to children.