I am a graduate of the University of Central Missouri. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in History with a focus on History of the South. Since graduation, I have used my degree in several different educational settings. I taught all subjects in 5th grade public schools for 2 years. I worked for the Montessori Schoolhouse, a small private school, as a reading intervention teacher, yoga instructor and classroom teacher for grades PreK- 8th. I was able to implement my skills as a certified yoga instructor to train all students in our program in mindfulness as well as the practice of yoga. Each student in the program ages 18 months to 13 years participated in a yoga class or mindfulness training bi-weekly. In my 5 years at Montessori Schoolhouse, I gained skills in working with students on the spectrum as well as kiddos with sensory processing disorder and behavior intervention plans.
The next part of my education journey landed me at a small rural public school as the Parents as Teachers Program Coordinator and Parent Educator. Here I worked with families in our district with children ages 0-5. I worked with families giving assessments to identify any developmental delays of children in the program. If any were found, I would partner with the parents to guide them through the IEP process with their child. I provided educational games and resources to parents in the program.
I am well trained in working with children with developmental delays, struggling readers, executive function delays and behavior concerns.
I am a MSHSAA and USAV certified head volleyball coach. This role provides me with a unique skill set of tapping into a child's potential and the ability to motivate them to succeed and work to their potential.
I am an advocate of early intervention in education and believe all students are capable of achieving academic success. Success is achieved when you connect with the student and meet them where they developmentally. This is individual to each student and it takes a seasoned professional to determine how to motivate them and connect with them to achieve academic success.
I like to have an open line of communication between parents/guardians. I will regularly check in with updates and report on student progress.
I will begin each session with a "mindful moment" to reset our brain to prepare for optimal learning opportunities in our time together.
I have two kids of my own ages 11 and 14 who have given me the opportunity to experience education in the role of the parent. Things look different from this side of education. This perspective helps me relate to parents and the concerns they might have about their child's education.
I strongly believe that it is important to educate the whole child in order to tap into their motivators and potential. This means knowing the child's unique set of quirks, understanding what motivates them and an understanding of their background knowledge. This allows me to meet them where they are before moving forward.
My favorite part of being a teacher is building relationships with students and parents that foster student success.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Missouri - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching
When I am not working I love spending time with my daughters and my crazy dog Bernie. I spend a lot of my free time coaching club volleyball for Velocity VBC, a club that I founded and direct. I also enjoy sitting around the campfire at my home in the county and sharing that time with family and friends.
6th Grade AP Language Composition
Adult Health and Wellness
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PRAXIS Elementary School
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History