A Little About Me...
I grew up in a town in Northern Colorado on a dairy farm. We raised corn, hay and pinto beans. My grandfather built our farm up to about 600 acres by the time I was in 6th grade. I had learned at a young age what a good work ethic looked like, as well as what it took to make a living. One of my brothers had a hard time in school. He spent many more hours than me reading at night and practicing his math facts. I began to see other kids in my class struggling and I just wanted to help them figure it out. I knew early on as much as I loved the farm life, helping children learn and grow to their true potential was my true passion.
After high school I went to the University of Wyoming. In my second year at the university, I traveled abroad. I traveled around Europe for about 3 months before going to Vaxjo, Sweden for the fall semester. I lived with a host family for 4 months and learned about the Swedish life. During my studies I engaged in conversations with other educators about their education practices from around the world. When returning to the United States, I officially enrolled in the Elementary Education program and graduated summa cum laude.
In the same month I graduated from the University of Wyoming, I got married to my husband of now almost 9 years. He is also a teacher and as luck may have it, we both received jobs in Green River, Wyoming!
I began my teaching career as a 5th grade teacher. While in my second year of teaching 5th grade I began my graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction which included a Reading Endorsement. While completing my graduate degree, I took almost 6 years off to raise our three beautiful children: Ellie, Flint and Myah. During this time I also substitute taught, privately tutored a handful of students grades 2nd-6th and maintained my professional development through state and district training.
I've now returned to the classroom, part-time. This is a great balance for me personally to keep up with my ever-changing family life. As well as professionally, to give whatever needs to be to my students, their families and my colleagues. I currently job-share with Mrs. Jolene Schnackenberg, a life-long friend and now partner teacher.
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