All About Me

I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (about 5 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia) and lived there until I turned 18. I am the youngest of five children and can honestly say I love being a part of a big famly! I was involved in many activities growing up such as soccer, track, choir and theater. I focused my energy in soccer most of my adolescence and played up until college.
My best friend and I always talked about going to college together. Amy Elder and Julie ReichertShe moved to Arizona with her parents when we were in elementary school, but we remained best friends through the years. When I graduated high school, Arizona was my first choice to continue my education. I attended ASU where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.

 I was lucky enough to student teach at Zaharis and was hired immediately after graduating. I have been teaching in Mesa since 2007. Prior to joining the Zaharis family, I worked in the field of Special Education for almost four years(as an in home habilitationist).  I have experience with children of special needs specifically in the areas of cerebral palsy and the autism spectrum disorder.Leah and PhoebeI am a wife to Shane and mother to Leah and Phoebe. Leah was born May 7th, 2010 a healthy 5lbs 15oz baby. Phoebe was born July 2nd, 2013 a healthy 5lbs 14oz baby. They are the light of my life but I am returning to the classroom to continue my passion as a teacher. I absolutely LOVE my job and would have it no other way!