Grade/school: Second grade, North Elementary.
Special professional accomplishments/experiences: “I graduated from IUPUI in 2007 with an elementary education degree. I am currently completing my master’s degree in educational leadership at Ball State University.”
Why she became a teacher: “I know it sounds trite, but I became a teacher because I love kids. Empowering students to be their best and do their personal best is what drives me as a teacher. My favorite part of teaching is to watch a student finally understand a concept they have been struggling with, or to be passionate and engaged in a topic or project. Also, I had a fifth grade teacher that I will never forget. Mr. Herrick made learning come alive for me, and at a young age I knew that I wanted to be that teacher for a child someday.”
Goals for students: “The biggest goal I have for my students is to always strive to be their best self in life. Each student comes with different abilities, interests and talents. I want them to be the best version of themselves and to make a positive influence on the world around them.”
Advice for parents: “My advice for parents would be never stop investing in your child’s education. Read with them at home, no matter their age. Go on walks together to experience nature. Ask questions about their day and what they are learning. Go beyond, ‘How was your day?’ and you will be amazed at how much information they will share. Learning happens everywhere, not just in a school building. Be an active participant in your child’s learning.”
What makes Noblesville Schools special: “There are many aspects that make Noblesville Schools special. If I had to pick the most important aspect, it would be the support teachers are given to implement best teaching practices in their classrooms. Every single person in Noblesville Schools has a common goal to help each and every student succeed.”
Something others might not know about you: “I have been married to my husband for 10 years, and we have three sons. This year, we purchased an 1800s Victorian home in downtown Noblesville. We are enjoying each new season in downtown and spend our free time exploring all that Noblesville has to offer families.”