I have been at Fireside since 2004. I love the Fireside community and it has been a pleasure of mine to watch so many children learn and grow over the years. I taught kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grades for much of my career before moving to 2nd grade.
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the Fireside staff! I am from the state of Washington where my goal in life was to follow in my mother's footsteps and become a professional runner. I left Washington as the fastest miler and half miler in the state and went on to compete nationally. I came to the University of Colorado on a running scholarship, but injuries ended my college running career. It really was a blessing because I found my true love in life, which is teaching. I graduated from CU with a B.A. in Kinesiology, Psychology, and Elementary Education and a M.A. in Reading and Literacy with an endorsement in Literacy K-12. I am also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. I started teaching in 2004 at Flatirons Elementary where I have taught both first and second grade.
I am an avid runner and love to hike, read, camp, and spend time with my family. I have two spirited daughters (ages 3 and 4) that are truly miracles and I am grateful for every moment I have with them.
I am looking forward to an exciting new year school year as I am determined to learn, teach, grow, and achieve with my Fireside family.
I am excited and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the Fireside team of staff, families, and students. This will be my 13th year teaching in the primary grades. I have taught kindergarten for the last 4 years, but also have 4 years experience in each 1st and 2nd grades.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Psychology and Elementary Education. I also have my Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education.
When I am not wearing my “teacher hat”, I am most likely busy being mom to my three children, Dawson, Mason, and Anniston. I love spending time with friends and family, hiking, biking, boating, cooking, baking, traveling, creating, and laughing!
I believe that Kindergarten sets the tone for the rest of a child’s educational journey. I want them to be excited to come to school each day to learn and explore so they can become lifelong learners. It is not only my job to teach them the standards, but to shape them into individuals who can succeed inside and outside of the school setting. I look forward to partnering with parents to create the best kindergarten experience for each child in my classroom.