Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Endorsement, Educational Leadership & Administration PK-12 - James Madison University Master of Science in Education, K-12 Reading Specialist - Shenandoah University Professional Reading Recovery Certificate - Shenandoah University Bachelor of Arts, PreK-8 Education - Shepherd University
I am so excited to be starting my first year at Trailside Middle School as a Reading Specialist. I am a lifelong learner with a growth mindset and thrive on working as part of a team. My passion for literacy and love of children drives me to think critically about best practices for engaging instruction that positively impacts young people every day. My professional journey as an educator has been extremely rewarding! Over the past 24 years, I have taught in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. My unique experiences have given me opportunities to grow professionally with student learners as well as adult learners. I have worked with remedial reading students, students learning the English language, exceptional students, and advanced readers. I have worked with teams of teachers to track data, unpack curriculum, pace and differentiate instruction, start new school initiatives, problem solve, enhance community involvement, as well as plan units of instruction to meet individual needs and deepen thinking of all learners.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Maryland and after marrying my best friend, we moved to beautiful West Virginia. I have been blessed with 23 years of marriage and two amazing boys that are growing up quickly. My oldest son is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying economics, and my youngest son is a junior at Martinsburg High School. When time allows, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my sons play football, boating, animals of all kinds, and visiting new places.
There is just something about a new school year that encourages everyone involved to think about hope and possibility. I sincerely look forward to getting to know the students, staff and parents of Trailside Middle School and work diligently to make the most of this unique learning experience as we all dive into this grand notion of distance learning. Henry Ford says, "coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." We are challenged by our current circumstances and I firmly believe that we can all be an innovative community where caring relationships and authentic learning experiences will inspire all students to be their very best.