"Teaching is a true passion of mine -- it is exhausting, thrilling, trying, rewarding, and hilarious all rolled into one."
Teaching Experience: This is my 2nd year at Pioneer Trail and prior to this I taught 6 years at Thomas Jefferson Middle School; 5 of those years teaching special education and 1 year teaching Language Arts. I know my past experiences in both special education and general education have helped me to ALWAYS remember that students all learn in different ways, grow at different paces and have lived a life far different than I. Together, I believe these differences create an environment in which the students and I can both learn from each other.
I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in both Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (1-6) at Lincoln University. In 2016, I obtained my Master of Education degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University.
Teaching Beliefs: With that being said, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make learning a positive experience for students. Too often, students don’t know how to voice their opinion in appropriate ways which causes 'behavior problems.' I strive to give students the opportunity to talk things out with me so that we can understand other's point of view, learn how our actions may make others interpret things differently than we mean and grow from these moments to continually become a better person. Also, I am excited to work with teachers and help them create positive, lasting relationships with students.
Life Outside of Teaching: I was born and raised in a small, country based community about 20 miles east of Jefferson City. I was brought up doing things such as fishing, hunting, splitting/hauling wood, and appreciating all of the finer things in life. I was taught the values of honesty, hard work and respect from an early age. Hobbies of mine include golfing with my husband Matt, playing with my puppy Stella and cat Zoey, listening to all types of music and going to musical events, trying new local eats, and anything related to summer.