Originally from the "Sunshine State" of Florida, I grew up exploring the outdoors. As a child you could find me barefoot, climbing trees or searching for shark's teeth in nearby creeks. After college, I moved to Savannah, Georgia and taught third grade for three years. Eventually, I moved back to my hometown of Gainesville, Florida, to teach fourth grade for five years. It was here I developed a love of teaching science and math, always searching for creative labs and games to play. The last four years I've been at Timnath, teaching both fourth and fifth grade.
Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Florida State University
Being in the classroom with students is by far the most rewarding pursuit I've ever undertaken for a multitude of reasons. In no other profession do you see such a direct, concrete impact of each day's work on the world. Teaching is about authentic relationships with students and their families, watching individuals learn to test their wings, and push beyond perceived limitations. Not to mention - students are genuinely hilarious to be around!
Growing up, I was captivated by Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Giver, and Roots. As an adult, I divide my time between "teacher lit" and a variety of other books. A few favorite teacher books are Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire and Work Hard, Be Nice. For fun, I'm always poking around in the library or at second hand shops for new titles. Let me know if you've just read something incredible and I'll check it out!
In the summer, I love to travel to Italy. Who wouldn't want to eat gelato and speak Italian all day? Learning the language has been an adventure, and has given me great respect for anyone communicating in their non-native tongue. I also love to hike in RMNP, play with my two dogs, tend my garden, read, eat cookies, and hunt for treasures at thrift shops.
I love that Timnath is small, the teachers work closely to plan the very best lessons, and that the administration is truly supportive. I can't wait to meet my new students!
When there is no wind, row. -Latin proverb
4th Grade English/Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies
In our classroom, we will use cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, diverse learning strategies, and tons of technology.