“What was your previous experience in Education?”
My teaching experience began through Western Michigan University’s Urban Education Program. I completed a year-long internship with Kalamazoo Public Schools and went on to teach summer school for KPS. After that, I developed a young fives program for Martin Public Schools and then taught kindergarten for the following eight years. I finished my time in elementary education by teaching third grade for Otsego Public Schools.
“Tell us about yourself…”
I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood endorsement. I also have a minor in French and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through WMU.
On a more personal note, I am married and my husband and I have two children. Our daughter will be starting her sophomore year at Michigan State University in the fall of 2021, and our son will be a senior in high school. My family has hosted multiple international exchange students, so we have some “family” across the globe as well. I enjoy reading, swimming, and spending time with my family and our two dogs.
“What was your favorite grade to teach?”
Each grade level is unique and brings its own rewards and challenges. However, kindergarten will always be my favorite. I love the authenticity and excitement that young students bring to the classroom. Seeing the pride on a kindergartener’s face when they read their first book, count to 100 for the first time, or discover a fascinating science fact, is something I will always cherish.
“What was your favorite children’s book when you were in grade school?”
How do I pick just one? My favorite books in lower elementary school were the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I enjoyed it when my teachers would read these silly stories and poems aloud. As I got older, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and the Nancy Drew series. I always had a book in my hand! I still remember when my fourth-grade teacher confiscated one of my books because I was trying to sneak and read it during a class lecture.