I have many personal interests and passions however my passion for children and education have been a part of who I am since I was very young. I did not graduate with an undergraduate degree from Ball State University in education; rather I graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing and after graduating I worked at a financial firm. While employed there I was introduced to the Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessments. My top 5 strengths concluded to be: Empathy, Learner, Discipline, Developer, and Futuristic. If that was not an indication enough, I always found ways to remain involved in childcare, teaching, and education. Eventually I could not deny my purpose: I was meant to be an educator, a teacher, a mentor. It was not long before I enrolled in Ball State University's online Master of Arts in Education program, specializing in Elementary Education. I completed the program in December of 2019. Since then I have been exploring facets of the education field where my personal strengths, knowledge, expertise, and interests are best matched.
Although I have experience working with (i.e., teaching, tutoring, mentoring, leading) students Pre-k through 12th grade, kindergarten has long been my favorite grade and age. There is just something about witnessing a kindergartener fall in love with learning. I am currently reading, "Lifelong Kindergarten" by Mitchel Resnick and there is a quote from his book that I will probably have hanging in my house soon, and it is, "I believe the rest of school (indeed, the rest of life) should become more like kindergarten". What does this mean exactly? Discovery and re-discovery and how that inspires creativity! Let us never cease to discover and re-discover the endless, incredible possibilities around us. That's what I hope to share and instill in every student that I have the pleasure of teaching.
This is an incredibly exciting journey and I am optimistic about what the future holds for the next generation!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ball State University - Bachelor of Science, Fashion Merchandising
Graduate Degree: Ball State University - Master of Arts Teaching, Elementary School Teaching
My personal interests and hobbies include reading (I'm typically reading 3 books at a time), being outdoors (hiking, camping, running, paddle boarding, biking, sand volleyball), exercising (weight lifting, HIIT, yoga), traveling with my husband, cooking and baking, spoiling our Border Terrier pup, and spending time with family and friends!