I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. In 1991, I graduated from J.W. Sexton High School and ventured off to Western Michigan University to begin my official training to be an educator. As I was growing up and going through the elementary grades, I knew that I wanted to follow the lead of my teachers and one day have a classroom where children would be inspired to learn and have fun!
In January, 1996, my dream came true. I went back to my hometown and taught 5th grade for the last 6 months of that school year for the Lansing Public School District. That same fall, I took a risk, moved to a brand new community, all by myself and in September 1996 I began my teaching career in the West Bloomfield School District. I spent my first 7 years teaching at Roosevelt Elementary School and then in 2004 I transferred to Doherty Elementary School, and in 2015 I returned to Roosevelt. Throughout the years I’ve taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.
I love to witness the smile when a child truly feels a sense of success and I'm intrigued by the questions that follow as they are thinking... composing new questions which lead to... what next??? I am a firm believer that all children develop at different rates and I respect the fact that all children need to be nurtured and encouraged in order to persevere through the challenges with which they are faced. We learn from our mistakes and when things are tough... we never give up! I like to remember this phrase and remind myself of the importance of persistence and reflection along the path to success.
My husband, Craig, and I are the proud parents of two unique and amazing little boys. Chase was born in 2008 and Cole was born in 2012. Craig is graphic design artist and business owner. We are a very busy family. My boys enjoy swimming, soccer, gymnastics and playing outdoors with their friends. We love to go hiking, downhill skiing and travelling to explore new places. You will often find me behind the lens of my camera, capturing special moments to remember.
Scotch is an amazing school, where the community and staff join together, to create a very special place for children to grow and learn. Our WB schools are filled with rich history and character. I am happy to welcome you and your child to our West Bloomfield School family!!!