I grew up and went to school in Milwaukee. I attended UW Milwaukee and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood. (Pre-kindergarten – 3rd grade). I taught for the first 5 years in Milwaukee Public Schools at Frances Starms. We then moved to Erin where I was offered a part time 4K position. I taught 4K here at Erin for 2 years and then was offered a full time 1st grade position in 2002 when the previous teacher retired. This is where I have been since and I love it. In spring of 2010 I graduated with a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Carroll University.
I am married and have 2 daughters that also attend Erin School.
I decided that a career in teaching was for me when I was much younger. I have always been happy when working with children and able to watch them grow. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles on their faces and helping to guide the leader of our future into wonderful learners and problem solvers.
In first grade it is expected for students to try their best to reach the goals and benchmarks that are listed on the progress report in showing growth in reading levels, comprehending what is read, reading and writing strategies, and various math skills. It is understood that things might be difficult for the children at times and children need to know that it is alright to be challenged. The growth from the beginning of first grade to the end is very large. I am always amazed by it. I am there to help make that process as rewarding and individualized as possible. The students and I work as a team to learn something new every day. The environment is hands-on most of the time. It is safe and fun and will hopefully prove to be a place that your child enjoys coming to each day. Learning should be fun and children should be encouraged to respect each other and themselves. They are also encouraged to be themselves and have their own voice.