I grew up in rural Alaska with parents who were teachers. I received my B.Ed. in Elementary Education from UAF in 1989 and my M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from UAF in 2002. Over the past 23 years I have worked for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District; 19 years as classroom teacher and the last four years as the district's K-6 Content Coach.
As the Content Coach I worked with school staffs, individual teachers, and grade levels to support their varied goals. This position also allowed me to provide customized professional development to teachers at in-services and workshops as well as through numerous college level courses.
My admiration and respect for teachers is at an all-time high. This challenging yet rewarding profession has brought me joy and satisfaction, and I hope to share my knowledge, enthusiasm and experience and to encourage meaningful reflection that leads to student achievement. As a mentor I look forward to collaborating with early career teachers as they deepen their skills and develop effective day-to-day classroom practices in their rural settings.
Although I'm a lifelong Alaskan, I continue to be amazed at Alaska's wealth in terms of cultural knowledge and geographic diversity. I am honored to be learning with Alaska's newest teachers and their students.