I have been teaching in Round Lake Area School District since August 1994. I started at W. J. Murphy Elementary School as a teacher to children with special needs from grades 1 - 6. I taught at W. J. Murphy for 9 years and in August 2003, I began teaching early childhood special education here at the Early Education Center. I finally found my true teaching passion in life! I began working on my Master's Degree at Northern Illinois University in January 2005 and completed my degree in December 2008. In August 2008, I began teaching kindergarten special education when the EEC had gone to extended day kindergarten. This school year I switched to kindergarten general education and I LOVE IT!!!
I am originally from Roanoke, Illinois, which is a very small, rural town with a population of 2,000. I taught one year in Danville, Illinois before teaching here in Round Lake. While teaching in Round Lake, I have made several wonderful friends. One friend and colleague introduced me to her neighbor, Kurt, whom I fell in love with and married in July 1997. After several years of marriage and happiness, we decided to have a child. In May 2008, our wonderful and beautiful daughter Hannah was born. She is the joy of my life and continues to inspire me to try to be the best teacher I can be!!!
I want to inspire children to be the best that he or she can be in life. I believe that every child can learn, but it is my job to find the way to achieve that goal in learning. I am a life-long learner as I continue to further my own education towards a second Master's Degree. My hope is to inspire my students to become life-long learners as well!
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."- Ben Franklin