I am originally from Flint, MI, where I was valedictorian of my high school class. I then attended Duke University, where I majored in English and also completed the Elementary Education program. Being at Duke gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Greece, take classes at other universities in the area (UNC and NCCU), and it also connected me to my first teaching job – a 2nd grade position at a private, full-immersion bilingual school in Santiago, Dominican Republic. After that I briefly returned home to Michigan to care for my father and while there I served as a substitute in grades K-12. I then accepted a teaching position at a public, Title 1 school in Las Vegas, NV, where I stayed for the next 9 years, teaching full time in grades K-2.
My favorite subject to teach is primary reading. I love to introduce young students to classic children’s literature and I believe a strong reading foundation is beneficial to students in all subject areas. I therefore strive to incorporate literature into all lessons I teach. Since my fiancé and I moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family (he is a native of Dayton), I have been blessed to be able to quit teaching full time. We are working on opening a dog sanctuary with facilities, services, and pet education available to the public. I am very active outdoors with the dogs and when I work with students I try to instill in them an appreciation of nature, animals, and physical fitness. I believe a good education should be fun, hands-on, and help to produce a well-rounded individual with good character skills. Overall, it should inspire students to be life-long learners and teach them the critical thinking skills necessary to become productive adults.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Duke University - Bachelors, English + Elementary Education Program
working out, dogs, being outside
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization