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I was fortunate to grow up in a small city in Indiana where the local community was enriched by a university which drew people from all over the world. As an elementary student, my best friends were from Russia, Ethiopia, and Mongolia. Growing up around people from different cultures and walks of life taught me to see the beauty in each of our differences. I believe that each child in my classroom brings with them a special uniqueness that should be celebrated. I spend a lot of time getting to know my students and building a supportive classroom community where each student’s needs are met and their individuality is appreciated.
My teaching journey also began in Indiana, where I completed my M.S. in Elementary Education at Indiana University. During my time as a student I was given the opportunity to work in two multi-age classrooms and I taught at every age level ranging from preschool through sixth grade. Upon graduation, I taught fifth grade at the Lincoln Academy of Integrated Arts, a charter school in Davenport, IA. This experience gave me the chance to help students learn to connect through various forms of artistic expression. I found that incorporating the arts makes learning so much more meaningful and relevant to students’ lives. I love to incorporate music, visual arts, and drama into my daily teaching.
Unfortunately I realized that I couldn’t stay in Iowa forever… It is just too cold! So, my husband and I relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. (I know it is still cold there, but they have a great university). While living in Pittsburgh, I taught second grade at Winchester Thurston, a nationally recognized independent school. I was lucky to have the chance to teach with some amazing educators, who taught me a lot about what makes a school like Winchester so successful. I know that the teachers at Trillium are just as amazing and I am humbled to be joining the 3-4-5 team.
Other than teaching, I love to spend my time going to the dog park, practicing yoga, reading, and playing scrabble online with my mom and sister in Indiana. And, of course, you can’t live in Portland without enjoying hiking! I live with my brilliant husband and my little puppy, a golden retriever named Eleanor Rigby (“Elle” for short). I am a self confessed super organized/neat freak and have spent a lot of time in the classroom this summer cleaning and organizing (strangely because I think it is fun!) I cannot wait for the school year to begin, as teaching is probably my favorite hobby!