BA Bilingual/Bicultural Education, BA Elementary Education, MA Elementary Education, ESL Endorsement. National Board Certification: Literacy-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Awards: Nine Impact on Education Classroom Grants, Two Lafayette Arts in Education Grants, Jared Polis Technology Grant, BVSD Superintendent's Honor Roll
Ten years Grades K-3 in private schools, Seven years Adult ESL (classroom teacher and teacher trainer), Ten years Tutor grades 1-5, Beginning my eighteenth year in BVSD, grades 1, 2, 4, ESL and Literacy Specialist, Worked with children in Mexico, Vietnam, Macedonia, Italy, and the Crow Nation. I started at Lafayette Elementary in 2009, where I worked first as Literacy Specialist, then as Fourth, Second, and First Grade teacher.
I enjoy hiking (climbed twenty 14ers), gardening, snowshoeing, cooking, sewing, traveling, and conversations over coffee. I have three grown children and two grandchildren who fill my heart.
I love the magic of beginning with a group of students and ending up with a class whose hearts and minds are knit together. We learn to encourage each other, benefit from strengths and help each other with our weaknesses. It is an honor to learn from students and staff each day, to face daily surprises, and share in families' lives. I treasure the relationships, the academic growth, and the challenges that each year brings.
Here's part of one of favorite songs, written by a friend from Northern Ireland. Certainly food for thought.
"Rest for Awhile" by Colum Sands
Rest for awhile now the night is young
The time is short and the road is long
Tell me a story I'll sing you a song
For tomorrow the road will be calling us on.
Don't let your journey be stopped at the start
There are times when your feet have to follow your heart
But the faster you travel the less you can see
And the more that you have the less you can be.
For tomorrow the road will be calling us on
And the more that you have the less you can be