Grade/subject: Kindergarten, Carey Ridge Elementary
Number of years teaching: 17
Background/schooling: Noblesville High School; bachelor’s in marketing, Butler University; and masters in curriculum and instruction, Butler University.
Why did you become a teacher? I began with a marketing degree, but needed the flexibility of moving around with the military. And I have always had teaching in the back of my mind, including being a business or math teacher. I tutored math students starting when I was a sophomore in high school and continued tutoring college students. I went back to school to earn my certification and masters at the same time, when I realized I wanted to teach younger students.
What goals do you have for your students? I want them to love learning and school. I want them to see their potential and strive to meet that. And hopefully they see how fun and learning can go hand in hand.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Read, read, read! I also want to encourage parents to have fun with their children (like playing games with them) and talk with them. Just being a part of their everyday lives is exciting for a Kindergartener.
What is your favorite movie? Finding Nemo.
Who is your favorite musician or band? I don’t have one favorite band or type of music. I like to listen to a variety.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I swam in a synchronized swimming club in college.