I'm one of those rare Colorado natives you hear about but rarely ever see! I was born and raised in Louisville and never saw much of a reason to leave this wonderful place! I received my B.A. from University of Northern Colorado and my M.A. from the University of Colorado. I have been teaching since 2010 and am constantly learning right along with my students. I am a firm believer in educating the whole child and love when those unplanned, teachable moments present themselves. When I'm not teaching, you will find me jet-setting to new places, trying out a new recipe, seeking out live music, or playing outside in our Colorado backyard.
This is my fourth year at Fireside Elementary and my eighteenth year as an elementary school teacher. Originally from Nebraska, I received my bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska. My Colorado teaching career began sixteen years ago when I earned my masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.
I have had the privilege of teaching third through fifth grade in Boulder with one amazing year as a literacy coach at an International School in Shanghai, China. In my fourth grade classroom, I strive to foster enthusiasm for learning about the world in tangent with an increased sense of self and others. Students can be empowered to turn their strengths and interests into stepping stones for furthering their personal, social, and academic growth. I intend to nurture a safe community where learning occurs through connections with others, hands-on experiences, creativity, and social-emotional well being. When not in the classroom, you will likely find me doing yoga, traveling the world, reading, or spending time with my family and friends.
I am proud to be part of a family rooted in public education. This will be my 19th year of teaching in Colorado and I’m thrilled to be joining the Fireside community. I received my B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, my M.A. in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from CU Boulder, and my E.d.D. in Educational Equity from CU Denver. I believe learning is a social experience, and I can't wait to learn with and from you.
In my free time, I keep busy with my family, listening to and playing music, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors.