I started teaching at Park Forest Elementary in 1996 as a third grade teacher. Prior to that, I had completed my student teaching in a second grade classroom at Ferguson Township Elementary. After graduating from Penn State in 1995 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology, my husband and I moved to West Chester, Pa. During that time, I worked in a Children's Learning Center. We quickly jumped at the opportunity to return to State College when I was offered a teaching job at Park Forest. Park Forest Elementary held a special place in my heart. It was my elementary school!! For 17 years, I loved teaching third and fourth grade. Six years ago, I moved down to primary and am so excited to continue my new adventures with first graders.
I have two children, three cats (Sassy, Lacey and Max), and a bearded dragon named Charlie . We also added an adorable English Cream Golden Retriever named Chloe to our home last May. She is now 16 momths old and is a great bundle of energy. I love being a mom to Ryan (junior at PSU) and Lauren (freshman at PSU). This fall is my first time not having any kiddos at home in over 20 years. It is going to feel strange to not be running to various sporting events or just doing mom things. I am thankful for my school kiddos to capture my needed daily hugs and high fives.I feel that becoming a parent has made me a better teacher. I now have a better appreciation and understanding of what it is like to struggle with a child to do homework, or to have my heart break when my child states that "nobody would play with him at recess." This year, I feel that we will have many similar feelings as parents as my own kiddos takes some big steps with my youngest leaving for college.
When I am not busy at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. We love to travel. Walt Disney World is one of our favorite places to visit. This summer we spent time in Ocean City, MD, Wolfeboro, NH and traveled to the beaches in North Carolina. We also spent a lot of time doing fun activities around State College. When I am not busy with my family or doing school related work, I enjoy reading, swimming, scrapbooking, gardening, cooking, walking, yoga, taking our puppy on fun adventures, and various arts and craft projects. In January of 2014, I completed my Masters Degree in Childhood Literacy. Last year, I started facilitating online courses in Early Childhood Education with Wilkes University.
I am delighted to be your child's teacher this year. During the first weeks of school, we will spend a lot of time getting to know each other and learning the expectations of our classroom community. Community building activities are crucial to the development of a learning environment where children feel safe and welcome, and are willing to take risks in learning. One of my top priorities as your child's teacher is to make your child feel good about himself/herself and look forward to coming to our classroom each day to learn many new things.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 272-8332 if you have any questions or concerns.