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I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado where I attended public school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I earned my B.A. at Colorado State University and became a Paraprofessional in a Kindergarten classroom. I loved watching students learn and grow academically and socially, but I wanted to spend more one-on-one time with students. In 2013, I pursued a Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The 2018-2019 school year will mark my third year teaching 4th grade at Kerr Elementary. Go coyotes!
I live with my husband and five pets! We enjoy kayaking, hiking, traveling, reading, coffee shops, board games, cooking, and movies. My favorite color is teal, and I collect anything to do with owls.
In the classroom, I strive to build relationships with my students. I have high expectations for all students and see myself as a facilitator of learning. I encourage students to advocate for their learning by asking questions when they do not understand something or are curious to know more. I urge students to add their thoughts and ideas in class discussions because I feel the best learning happens through involvement. In the classroom, there are outlined procedures to be followed to support the best learning environment for all students.
Each year, I work with students to create a classroom community built on respect toward each other, where students are both challenged and supported in their learning. It is a valuable asset to everyone in the class when students began to make connections between class lessons and the world around them. Some students become very interested on certain topics brought up in class; if this is the case, I encourage students to bring in and share articles, artifacts, video clips, etc. related to what the class is learning about.
I understand that each child comes to school with different abilities, struggles, and goals, and if I know where they are starting from, I can help each one finish strong. Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my philosophy on teaching. Please e-mail me with any questions you have or topics you would like to discuss in more depth.
I strongly encourage parents/guardians to download the free Class Dojo app onto their smartphones or access the Class Dojo site from a computer. This free tool is one of the main ways that I stay in daily contact with parents/guardians about what is going on in class, with their child, along with important announcements and dates to remember. Parents/Guardians can also contact me through this free service. I will send home a code to access our class and set up a profile unique to your child. You can also request access by going to www.classdojo.com. Please see me if you have any questions or need assistance signing up.