Degrees and Certifications:
I grew up in a rural town called Eighty-Four in Pennsylvania…home of the 84 Lumber company. Upon high school graduation, I attended California University of Pennsylvania. It was originally a state teacher’s college and, as a university, it continues to have the best Special Education and Technology Education programs in the entire state. I proudly graduated and earned my teaching degree in Special Education in 1993. From there I moved to the Winchester, VA area and began my teaching career at Grafton School in Berryville, VA. I remained there for three years. Grafton is a year-round private residential school for those students who have severe behavioral or learning disabilities. Needless to say, it was a tremendous learning experience and one that I have greatly benefited from over the years. I then entered the public school system and spent my next four years teaching at James Wood High School in Frederick County, VA. I taught grades 9-11 and taught a variety of subjects. Finally, in 2000, I applied to Loudoun County Public Schools and was welcomed into Harper Park Middle School. My final destination had been reached. From the faculty to the students/parents and then to the community, HPMS is a terrific institution.
This year, in addition to teaching two of my own 8th grade English and Reading Strategies 8 classes, I am co-teaching English 8 with Ms. Failmetzger and Civics and Economics with Mr. Fisher. I look forward to working with everyone this new school year.