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I am excited to join Trailside Middle School 6th Grade this year! While I joined TMS (7th grade) for the last quarter of the 2020-2021 school year, this is my first full year assignment here in Virginia. I have been in education for 22 years and moved here from Texas just this past year. I live here with my partner, Doug, and his son. I also have two adult children of my own (both live in Texas) and I love every chance I have to visit with them.
I am newly transplanted here, but I was actually born in Woodbridge, Virginia. I am one of four children and my father was in the Air Force so we were fortunate enough to live in several different states and meet many different people. We ended up in Texas where I obtained my Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of teaching elementary grades, middle school, teachers, and even administrators. I have also worked as a district level curriculum coordinator and a regional education program director serving more than 60 school districts in Central Texas.
In my free time, I enjoy movies (particularly animated movies), music, hiking, kayaking and I love animals. It has been wonderful exploring all that Virginia and D.C have to offer. School subject wise, I have a passion for both US History and fundamental Science. It is amazing to see and help students use their English and Math skills in context: the Science and Social Studies world we live in. I am a strong believer in content and skill integration and enjoy working with students across transition years, such as elementary to middle school. WHO I teach is more important than WHAT I teach.
I look forward to learning and growing with the incoming 6th graders - I have experienced such a warm welcome here. We will have an awesome year!