I am very excited to join the Fireside community and to welcome kindergarteners into a supportive and inclusive classroom community. I love fostering curiosity and lifelong learning in my students and partnering with families to help children achieve their dreams.
I have been teaching in Colorado since 2008 in Kinder-3rd grade classrooms, as a reading interventionist, and as a Dean of Instruction in Denver Public Schools. I have a MA in Literacy Curriculum & Instruction from CU-Boulder and a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Yale. I speak Spanish and love traveling and learning about cultures.
In my free time, I enjoy all the outdoors in Colorado has to offer - especially hiking, camping, backpacking, running, biking, and swimming. I love spending time with my family and enjoy watching my own two children, age 3 and 6, as they learn and grow every day!
Welcome to Kindergarten! I was raised in Hawaii and have always felt lucky to work with children. They fill my bucket to the very top! My husband, two high school kids and I love to travel and have adventures both close to home and all over the world. My experiences interacting with different cultures has impacted my desire to reach all of my students and foster a strong community and love of learning. I am passionate about Early Childhood education. I obtained my BA in English from Seattle University. We moved to Colorado in 2003 so I could attend the University of Denver where I earned my teaching degree. I graduated in 2019 with my Masters in Early Childhood Education Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Our Kindergarten team works closely together to ensure high quality instruction and that all students' needs are being met. I love the Fireside community and am excited to welcome all of our new Falcons!
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.