I am SO excited to be at Brighten Academy!
I began teaching in 2003. I taught third grade for one year, first grade for one year, and this is my 16th year teaching kindergarten! I taught at Beulah Elementary for thirteen years, four of those in the dual language program and I loved it! This is my 3rd year at Brighten, and I love it! I teach with lots of songs and games, and often my classroom gets a little silly. This is the fun of teaching. I get to be silly and my students learn at the same time. I am so lucky to be able to do what I do!
I was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. My father was in the Army so I traveled all over the world. I went to elementary school in Seattle, San Francisco, Landstuhl, Germany, and Kaiserslautern, Germany. I went to middle school in New York and Kentucky. I went to high school in Kentucky and graduated in Wurzburg, Germany. I was a flight attendant at my first job for Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and I was a hair dresser after that. Teaching is, by far, my favorite job!
I love to travel and stay in hotels. I love the beach and I always try to remember to take a book with me to read on the beach. I also love to swim and ride my bicycle. I like to listen to music and dance around and be silly.
I am married and have two children. My children are 20 and 23 years old. I enjoy spending time with them and doing the fun things they like to do. I have two dogs-Dooley, who is a 14 year old chocolate lab, and Punkin, who is a 4 year old mountain feist and they are important additions to my family!
-Elementary School: Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; Landstuhl, Germany; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Fort Wadsworth, New York
-Middle School: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
-High School: Wurzburg, Germany (1985)
-Associates Degree: Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (1987)
-B.S. in Sociology (Social Welfare): State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia (1993)
-Teaching Certificate: State University of West Georgia (2003)
-Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy: Walden University (2007)
-ESOL Endorsement (2012)
-Gifted Endorsement (2018)
You can always reach me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org :)