I joined the Cotton Creek community in 2012, and currently teach 4th Grade. I am fully endorsed and licensed by the State of Colorado to teach all subjects to students in grades K-6, and English as a Second Language to students in grades K-12. I attended the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado, where I earned my ELL K-12 endorsement in second language acquisition studies. I also have my B.A. in Elementary Education and Behavioral Sciences, as well as an A.S. in Elementary Education and Associate of Science. I served as a member and treasurer for the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) for two years, and am currently a member of the Teacher Educators Association (DTEA, CEA, and NEA). Additionally, I earned my Masters degree in Educational Technology with an empahsis in Emerging Technology, from Lesley University, this past May.
I have always been interested in, and respect, the similarities and differences in language acquisition, cultures, and family dynamics. I welcome diversity and incorporate student interests with technology and media for exciting lessons. The students and I build experiences together as well as share our unique backgrounds. My husband and I were married over twenty years ago, and have three amazing children who have helped to shape my pedagogy. I was born in Colorado and grew up attending Adams County District 12 schools. I am honored to work and live in this beautiful state with amazing children and their families.
I began my educational career as a volunteer. In elementary school, the EXTRAS bin was my heaven. I would take five or six extra papers to become a teacher to my stuffed animals and dolls once I arrived home. I would meticulusouly help each one complete their math and explain things when they were unsure of an answer. Even as a middle school student, I loved being a peer tutor for students after school. Once my girls began kindergarten, I quickly became involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) working as the membership coordinator for one year and the president for three years. I worked as a School Improvement Team member (SIT), District Improvement Team member (DSIT), and a trained reading tutor to help students reach proficiency at their grade level. I discovered the joy of volunteering time in the classroom working one-on-one and in small groups with students, and soon realized I had found my passion. I returned to school to become a teacher. I have worked in the district for eight years. This is my seventh year at Cotton Creek Elementary where the students and families are amazing! I am happy to be working with you and your children, and lucky to be part of such a supportive community.