Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! While it is certainly going to be a unique year, I am confident that it will be another exciting year of learning at Erin School. I am thrilled to have the privilege to serve the Erin School District as Middle School Principal and Curriculum Director.
Our school theme this year is SMILE. It might seem strange that we chose this theme during a year that started with us wearing face coverings, but there is always a reason behind our themes. The song SMILE by Sidewalk Prophets is the back bone of our choice this year. These lyrics help explain our choice:
There’s always a reason
To always choose joy
There’s something deeper
That the world can’t destroy
Smile, when you think you can’t
Smile, get up and dance
Smile, there’s a bigger plan
The storm only lasts for a while
Our staff, or SMILE SQUAD, looks forward to modeling resilience as we help our students navigate this year. We are committed to helping each child find joy whether joining us virtually from home or in person. Stay tuned for student designed dance to this song later this year.
Embracing the strengths of our staff and community, Erin teachers continue to work together to create an engaging learning environment. Our teachers continue to clarify our “guaranteed curriculum,” one that all students experience as they grow and learn at Erin School. It is an exciting and challenging time in education as we prepare students for a world we can only imagine.
I joined the Erin staff at the start of the 2008-09 school year. Previously, I worked as the Director of Instruction for the Kewaskum School District and was a former middle school teacher in both Brown Deer and Waunakee School District. I hold a degree in Elementary/Middle Level Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. My husband and I live in Slinger with our four, energetic children. I serve the district on a part-time basis, but can be reached via e-mail at any time. I welcome your questions and comments.
Beliefs that guide my work include:
- Teachers have the most significant influence on student achievement within the classroom.
- Parents are important partners in helping students meet their full potential.
- While all children have different strengths and needs, they all can learn and will grow after spending time in the classrooms at ERIN school.
- Learning should be fun and engaging!
I look forward to a year full of teamwork, high-quality learning and some SMILES along the way for each and every student at Erin School!