Who/what inspired you to enter into the education field? 

When I was in high school, one of my classes was peer tutoring at a preschool. Ever since then, I always knew I wanted to work with children.

Tell us about your family? (children, pets, etc) 

I am married to Curt with an 11 year old son Braylan, a 4 year old daughter Blakely, and a new bundle of joy on the way! I also have 2 dogs named Bella and Kymber.

What is your Teacher Leader Mission? YOUR WHY in the classroom? How do you #LeadTheCHARGE daily? 

My why is the little light bulbs that go off for the struggling students. I enjoy seeing the growth of all students, but the way a student’s face lights up when they improve on something they have struggled with is priceless. Those are the things that let me know I am making a difference.

What is one attribute of leadership that you think is critical to possess as a Teacher Leader? Why? 

The ability to be flexible!! Things may look great on paper, but when it is in action it can be totally different. It is important to know when to continue with your plan, and when to alter it.

What are ways that you engage families as part of the learning in your classroom/school? 

I am a big class dojo lover. Not really for the points, but for the communication with parents. I like to post photos of activities students do and to share praise reports!

What “fingerprint” or lasting impression do you want to leave at your school or on your students? 

That I cared and loved my students above everything else.

How do you maximize the strengths of those around you? 

I like to think I am a resource for new teachers or for other teachers who may not be sure about something. I may not know what is asked but I will try to help any time I can.

What do you like most about teaching? 


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