Thanks for taking the time to visit my site! I am excited to begin my 25th year of teaching! I began my teaching career at Datil Elementary, where I taught for 5 years. I couldn't have chosen a better place to begin. I taught in a multi-grade classroom consisting of kindergarteners through 3rd graders. I worked with a great staff, had great students, had a classroom that looked out into the pine trees, and I lived in the "Teacherage." I learned SO much those 5 years, but life happened and I felt I needed to move closer to home. After visiting Magdalena Elementary School, a position became open and I applied. I was offered an interview and a position before I could blink my eyes! I spent the summer moving out of the teacherage and the classroom I loved. I was scared to death wondering if I was making the right decision. Upon entering the doors at Magdalena Schools, I felt welcome. This is my 20th year in the District. I have taught 3rd grade for 17 years , with the exception of one year where I taught 3rd and 4th grades and 2 years teaching 2nd grade. While at Magdalena Elementary, I have been able to grow professionally by being allowed to attend conferences across the nation, participated 4 summers at the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, furthered my studies to obtain a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, became certified in TESOL and Reading, and obtained my CDL to drive a bus! I served as the Lead Teacher for 5 years at the Elementary along with my role as a full-time classroom teacher. Not having children of my own, I let my students fill that void in my heart. I adore my students and am known for becoming quite attached to them! I am married, have a step son, step daughter in law, 2 granddaughters and a grandson. I enjoy riding my horses in the mountains and camping, and I have one very spoiled dog named Bristol.