My decision to become a teacher was made by the time I was in second grade. As a child growing up in West Virginia, playing school and teaching the younger neighborhood kids what I learned from my teachers was my favorite thing to do. My childhood dream has come true and the 2017-2018 school year will be my twelfth year teaching and my second year at Laurel Park Elementary.
I graduated from Shepherd University, a small school in Shepherdstown, WV with my BA in Elementary Education. My quest to become a teacher culminated with student teaching my senior year of college. I was placed in a fifth-grade classroom in inner city Washington D.C. in a school with very limited resources. This is where I began developing my teaching philosophy. I quickly learned that caring is what our children need first. Once they know I care for them, they will open up their hearts and minds so I can help them learn and grow.
I spent my first six years as a teacher at Farmington Woods IB/PYP, where I taught 2nd and 3rd graders through inquiry with a focus on global awareness. It was here where I earned my National Board Certification. I transferred to Morrisville Elementary in 2012 to teach fourth graders with a focus on science and technology. There, I learned the importance of instilling a growth mindset in children and the value of collaboration.
I am grateful to have been able to teach in a school district with so many resources, in schools with very involved PTAs, and in environments where I can learn from the experience and wisdom of other teachers. My colleagues’ willingness to collaborate with and support me as a novice teacher inspired me to become a WCPSS Mentor teacher in 2014. It’s a privilege to work with beginning teachers in this manner and I find I learn so much in this role. In the near future I would like to pursue a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.
When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, working on service projects in our community and advocating for the students and teachers of North Carolina Public Schools. I am a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and currently serve as president of the Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. I love reading, being outdoors, cooking, photography and sewing. But my absolute favorite way to spend my time is simply being with my family. My husband, Mason and our two children, Veda (5 ½ yrs) and Brooks (2 1/2 yrs) also love being a part of the Laurel Park family!