I grew up in Harlan, Iowa and am the second oldest of FIVE! I have one older brother (Jonathan) and three younger sisters (Christy, Amy, and Kelsey). My sister, Christy, is an ophthalmologist, who lives in Des Moines. She is engaged to be married this November. My sister Amy is married to Chris, and they have a four year old dog and live in Omaha. My sister Kelsey is married to Jacob and they have three beautiful daughters named Evelyn (2 years old), Emerson (1 year old), and Ella (3 weeks old). My brother and his wife have four beautiful girls (Ashley-12, Hannah-11, Natalie-6, and Kiersten-4). My nieces are the lights of my life. I am also the proud owner of a dog named Gus. He just had his 5th birthday, and he keeps me pretty busy! Gus loves snuggles, treats, and chew toys! Here are some pictures of me and my family, and of course, my dog!
You will quickly learn that teaching is my ultimate passion! I love what I do, and I enjoy helping ALL students grow and learn to achieve their maximum potential. I believe every child is capable of greatness. It’s my job to foster my students’ abilities and to help them tap into their gifts and talents. Reading is definitely my favorite subject to teach, but writing is a close second. I look forward to beginning guided reading groups as the year progresses. I also enjoy teaching math and science.
Besides working with kids, I have a passion for spending time with people, especially my family, friends, and boyfriend, Luke. I have recently discovered a new love of exercising. I joined CrossFit about 18 months ago and have enjoyed pushing myself and getting in shape. Music is another passion of mine. I love to sing and play the guitar. I am not very good at playing, but the best thing about teaching kindergarten is my students don’t know how bad I really am! Travel is something else I love to do. I love seeing the world and experiencing new cultures, sights, and sounds. I can’t get enough of it! In the past few years, I have traveled to England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Duluth, and San Diego. Although this summer was a bit of a bummer in the travel department, I still managed to go to Hilton Head Island and Tybee Island. I was a bit sad that my trips to Europe, Hawaii, and California were postponed, but I was grateful to at least go somewhere.
In addition to all of my travels, I completed several home projects on the house I bought a little over three years ago. Although it has been a bit of a transition, I have had so much fun decorating it and making it feel like HOME. As busy as my summer has been, I still made time for one of my favorite past times: reading. It felt so great to finally read some of the books on my reading list.
As a new school year begins, I am excited to get to know each family. I especially look forward to getting to know these new students of mine, for it is they who will make a difference in my life. My only hope is that I can also make a difference in their lives.
A Few of My Favorite Things:
Favorite Color Teal
Favorite Food Peanut Butter
Favorite Season Fall
Favorite Holiday Christmas
Favorite Restaurant Cheesecake Factory
Favorite Sport Gymnastics
Favorite Animals Horses and Dogs
Favorite Book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Favorite Song All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran
Favorite Movie Anne of Green Gables
Favorite Hobbies Singing, Cooking, Decorating, Reading, Traveling