2012 – Current
I received my BS from what is now Western Oregon University. Over my 40+ years since that time, my main teaching assignments have been in third and sixth grade with opportunities to do short stints in most everything from kindergarten to eighth grade as well as Art , Music, PE, and overseas assignments in Indonesia and Tanzania. My Masters in Curriculum and Instruction came from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
My main interest is in integrating all subjects including drama, music and art to teach. Relevancy and purpose are key to learning. I want students to have viable choices for their future.
As I work with early career teachers, I aim to support them in creating an environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities, and in developing lessons that enable all students to achieve.
"There is no other field that has such diverse challenges and pleasures. Throughout my teaching career, I've given much to make my students successful, continually learning myself. I have enjoyed the stresses and challenges of it all choosing to remain a classroom teacher proudly, adding to and broadening my skills to stay up to date with educational practices.
I am pleased to be able to share in the life of a new career teacher. I look forward to encouraging and supporting his/her growth so that as skill building happens, s/he will catch the joy and reward of making a difference for children."