3rd Grade Teacher
I was born and raised in a small town in northwest Kansas called Beloit. I graduated from Beloit High School in ‘99. After high school, I attended Kansas State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-9). In 2010, I earned my Masters in ELL from Pittsburg State University.
B.S. Education Kansas State University
M.S. Education in English as Second Language
Throughout my 17 years in education, I have attended multiple workshops, trainings and conferences. The following shows a handful of them:
Kagan Cooperative Learning, Champs positive behavior and schoolwide policies/procedures (Dr. Randy Sprick), Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model (Dr. Marzano), Cultural proficiency, 4-Blocks Reading Instruction, Everyday Math, Reading Power (Adriene Gear), Marcy Cook (math strategies), Kim Sutton (math strategies), Greg Tang (math strategies),
This is my fourth year with Andover Public Schools and Wheatland Elementary. I will be teaching 5th grade this year!
I began my journey in education my senior year in high school as an aide for one hour a day in a 5th grade classroom. I then went on to college at Kansas State where I worked with a wide range of grade levels from 2nd grade up to 8th grade social studies). After I graduated from Kansas State, I was a substitute teacher for Salina Public Schools. After a year of substituting, I started my first year of teaching with Wichita Public Schools as a 5th grade teacher. I taught 5th grade for 8 years before moving down to teach 4th grade. I taught 4th grade for 3 years then looped with my students up to 5th grade and stayed in that position for another year after that. In total, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade throughout my 16 years of teaching experience.
I am a single mom of two wonderful boys ages 14 & 16. My youngest will be a freshman and my oldest will be a junior in high school this year. They both attend Derby High School.
When I’m not in my classroom teaching, I enjoy spending time with my boys or relaxing at home. I am somewhat of a fitness enthusiast. I teach group fitness classes at Genesis Health Clubs and am currently training for my first fitness competition in the fall.