Special Education Teacher
I graduated from Franciscan University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) and my Reading Endorsement (K-12). I taught first grade for five years at Saint James in Falls Church. First grade will always be my first love! During my time as a classroom teacher, I had a desire to learn more about how to meet the needs of my struggling learners. I earned my Masters of Education in Special Education (K-12) from the University of Virginia. I spent two years as a special education teacher in Fairfax County. I moved to APS and joined the fifth grade team in 2017.
I live in Alexandria with my husband. I married into a family of enthusiastic UVA grads. I happily accompany them to Charlottesville for every home football game and many basketball games. When not cheering on the Hoos, I enjoy gardening, cooking with my husband, working out, and finding new spots to hike (the higher the climb, the better!)
While it is difficult to pick just one, I’d say Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest. This sweet book shows that friendship knows no age. George Baker is a 100 year old learning how to read. His young neighbor, Harry, is learning to read as well. George’s rhythmic way of telling stories makes this picture book one of my favorites to read aloud to children of all ages. The book is a reminder that it is never too late to overcome a hurdle. George and Harry’s friendship reminds us that we should look to both the very young and very old for guidance, friendship, and support.