I grew up in Orlando, FL and obtained my BS in Early Childhood Education from Florida State University. I began my teaching career in 1996 as a first grade teacher in Clayton County. In 1999, I decided to become a stay at home mom when my first daughter was born. I returned to teaching in 2008 at Briarlake Elementary, where I taught third grade and special education. As a special education teacher, I was able to craft engaging, interdisciplinary learning opportunities for my students. I recently became an Associate member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. This year, I returned to the general ed classroom and teach fifth grade. I believe if students can make real life connections to the lessons we teach, then they are far more likely to understand and remember the material being taught. Teachers are responsible for crafting a collaborative learning environment that taps into the natural curiosity of their students. I strive to create a joyful and welcoming classroom community where children are able to take risks, ask big questions, and take ownership of their learning.
In my spare time, I enjoy participating in endurance events. I have competed in approximately 20 half marathons, 2 full marathons, a century (100 mile) bike ride, and a half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). This fall I will be participating in my 2nd half Ironman and century ride. I enjoy participating in these events to raise money for my favorite charities: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Best Buddies International.