• Hello!  I am your child's Academic Literacy teacher on the 7th grade Timber Rattler Team.  I have been a middle school teacher for 30 years!  I enjoy working with students at this age and always wanted to teach middle level. 
    My original degree was a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Speech Communications from Penn State. I should have known I would be an English/Literacy teacher when I was taking English classes "for fun"! :)
    I started my teaching career in a 6th grade English classroom in Leonardtown, MD.  There, the 6th grade classrooms had no walls and was a quick lesson in how to keep my students' attention. I was fortunate enough to be trained in a Nancy Atwell writing process model.
    After 4 years and meeting my husband, I then moved to northern New Jersey where I taught 8th grade for 3 years.  During my teaching in Cranford, I taught writing process classes, Literature classes, and English classes. Yes, students had all three.
    My husband received a job offer in State College, and since we were both Penn State alums, we were excited to move here!  I was hired by the SCASD that summer and started at PFMS on the 7th/8th grade team in the fall of 1999. I taught English on that team for 4 years before moving to the 7th grade team to teach English. But now I am enjoying my 11th year as the Timber Rattler Academic Literacy teacher! 
    I  write poetry for fun and love reading all types of young adult literature and current events. I am a mother of two active girls, ages 16 and 19. I love watching softball, the Phillies and Penn State football. I also love to travel, and my favorite trips were to Italy and China.
    I look forward to seeing you in class!
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