As an educator, I believe that the purpose of education is to prepare young minds to become outstanding individuals through a strong sense of reading, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. In addition, students should have a sense of purpose along with effective communication skills. Students must know that I care about them as an individual, and they must feel free to communicate openly. In order for all students to work harmoniously, we must all work together as a team.
I graduated from Indiana University with my B.S. in Elementary Education and began my teaching career in 2002 in Prince William County. I went on to earn my M. Ed., focusing in Curriculum & Instruction, from Texas A&M. Throughout my career I have taught a variety of grades and subjects ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade. My family and I moved to Arlington in March of 2021 and I could not be happier to be continuing my career in 5th grade at ATS!
My family and I love traveling, particularly internationally, and immersing ourselves in the local culture. I also enjoy being physically active whether it be walking, playing tennis, or even swimming. Spending time with friends and reading are also important to me.
One of my all time favorite books is Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. The story, written in verse, is based on the author’s experience as a refugee. After the fall of Saigon, Vietnam, the author and her family immigrated to the United States. It is a book that you will not regret reading! More than it being a great book, I like it for another reason too. I am a strong believer in the quote by James Patterson, “There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.” While I have held onto this belief throughout my teaching career, it took another believer of this quote to help me move past my dislike of poetry. Knowing that I love historical fiction books and claimed a distaste for poetry, it was recommended that I read Inside Out and Back Again. Happily, I no longer claim to dislike poetry!