I was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. I graduated from Grants Pass High
School in 2001 and moved to Eugene, Oregon that fall. I graduated with honors
from the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!) in June of 2005 with a degree in
Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. I went on to graduate
school at the University of Oregon and received a Masters Degree in Education
in 2007. This is my 10th year teaching, and my first year teaching 3rd grade. I am excited for a new adventure with a fun group of students.
This summer was one of the best ever! I spent a lot of time with family and friends, taught a couple of Summer Institute classes, was a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding, and saw one of my favorite bands live. I was excited when August came though, because I knew I would soon
get to me all of my fantastic 3rd graders!
I believe that students should play a central role in their learning. By being
clear with expectations, learning objectives, and providing choices, kids begin
to take ownership of their learning. I believe that any child can learn. My
goal is to provide my students with the tools, confidence, and encouragement,
to make those great gains.
I expect students to behave in a manner that is respectful, responsible, and
safe. These three words can be applied
to a variety of contexts within the school day. I believe that students should
be developing their academic and life skills at school. Although no one is
expected to be perfect, we can all strive to be better each day, and learn from