First Grade & Pre-Primary Spanish Teacher
Grades: 1st and JK3-SK
Education: Masters of Education: School Leadership, Wilmington University
Masters of Education: Teaching and Learning, Wilmington University
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education and Spanish, Loras College
I believe that education is a life-long journey where every person has the opportunity to expand his or her mind and be a successful learner. It is important that education advances upon prior knowledge and experiences to allow students to build upon skills necessary throughout life. In provided a caring, organized environment I hope that students can experience a positive influence of education in their lives.
I believe as a teacher, it is my role to be a mentor and guide for students so they can learn through a variety of strategies, which are essential for learning. Using a variety of evaluation and assessment along with instruction is vital to deeper development of learning. Each student is an individual from a different background and has different ways of learning. Because of these differences, it is important to use a constant variety of activities for learning as well. Having positive reinforcement and student involvement in such things as discipline, instruction, and community meetings are important for student development.
Working not only as a classroom, but also as a school community through teachers, parents, and neighborhood help to enrich the learning capabilities for students. Taking outside experiences and bringing them to the classroom brings the real world to education to deepen the impact of what life is like in society. It is important to bring all of this into the school environment to help develop well-rounded and responsible citizens.
This is my fourth year at ULS and I am excited to be teaching a new discipline and grade level within our community. I have been teaching for the last 12 years at various grade levels and feel I have found a professional home at ULS.
My husband of 10 years, Steve, is a mechanic with Air Wisconsin Airlines at the General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee. We have two children, Nathan, who is 6 and in the first grade, and Ally, who is 4 years old and in the JK4 class here at ULS. We enjoy spending time with family, going to the Milwaukee County Zoo, camping, swimming, gardening, and just being outside. In my free time I like to play volleyball, sing, play piano, scrapbook, read, and cook.