Additional experience: BA/Calvin College and MA/Calvin College in curriculum & instruction with a literacy concentration; Title I teacher; 7th & 8th grade language arts teacher; Kindergarten teacher.
My students constantly inspire me with the gifts, talents, and challenges that they bring to the classroom. I love challenging them and helping them grow in whatever they need to the best of my ability. I would like all of my students to be deeply engaged in their learning because there is so much to learn about in God's world. I have a deep love and passion for helping my students become lifelong readers. I love the challenge of helping my students find "The Book" that connects with them. Cultivating a classroom community where students help take care of each other (and me!) brings me great joy. I am always astonished by how my students bless me and each other in so many ways. The "aha" moments in my classroom when students make connections or are lost in their learning are what keep me going. I want all of my students to grow into the young men and women that God has planned for them to be, to teach them that everything sings of the glory of God, and to equip them to make the world a better place. I want my students to leave my classroom passionate and committed learners.
I am a learning junkie. If there is something I want to learn about I will get my hands on things to read about it. I love reading and talking about educational research to the point where I am annoying. I enjoy being outside, especially camping or working in my yard. I love cooking and eating and have a pretty serious coffee addiction. My two young boys keep me laughing, on my toes, and my house a mess. They have made me an infinitely better teacher and person. I take great joy in working at the same school my two sons attend.