Grade/school: Kindergarten, Monon Trail Elementary
Number of years teaching: 23
Background/schooling: Zionsville High School and bachelor’s in elementary education, Milligan College (Tennessee).
Why did you become a teacher? School was always been a special place for me growing up. I love that I get to be the beginning of a child’s learning career, and I hope that I can instill in them a love for school, like I had as a child.
What goals do you have for your students? I want them to feel safe to make mistakes, to be kind people and always give things a try- even if it’s hard to do.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Talk to them about their day. Talk to them when they are in the car or in the grocery. So many of the skills we teach in kindergarten can be reinforced in our everyday interactions. That helps instill in them that learning takes place all the time, not just when they are at school.
What is your favorite movie? “Circle of Friends.”
Who is your favorite musician or band? U2.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I have ridden a camel.