Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Arts- Elementary Education K-8 Boise State University
This is my 20th year of teaching in the West Ada School District. I received my BA in Education from Boise State University in 1996. I have an Early Childhood endorsement and I continuously take workshops and continuing education classes. I am always looking for new ideas to motivate children, teach key skills, and meet diverse needs. I enjoy my job and I work hard at really getting to know each of my students and at developing a good relationship with them. I structure my classroom in a manner that puts students first! I know it is imperative to see my students as individuals and to utilize my lessons and activities to accommodate each child the best that I can.
My goal is to create a positive environment where kids are enthusiastic about learning. I believe strongly in the “triangle of success.” This is the parent, the teacher, and the student working together for success. I want every child to feel validated, valued and eager to move to a new level of learning. I work hard to address and accommodate the wide range of skills and maturities in my classroom. Our classroom is a fun and safe learning environment. Along with academics, we focus our energy on community building and social skills. I believe in using a positive approach to management while teaching students to self-monitor as they grow to become self-directed learners.
When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband and 4 boys. We love being in the mountains, boating, hiking and fishing.