I am happy to be teaching at Potowmack Elementary. It is an honor to be part of such a wonderful learning community. I earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. I have been teaching for 8 years, most of those in second grade. I have also taught fourth and fifth grades.
I did not start out to be a teacher, although my mom told me often that I would enjoy it. (She was right!) I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Longwood University and was a Marketing Product Manager for IT government contractors before switching careers. My time in the IT sector, gave me a love of gadgets, technology and the Internet. However, I am thankful that I took a chance and made the switch to teaching. It has been a pleasure to work with children and see them develop and grow.
I am an avid reader and learner and I strive to create a classroom environment where students are encouraged to be independent life-long learners. I believe a big part of that is developing a love of reading. In second grade, students transition from decoding to comprehension. I believe it is important for students to have choice in book selection during this transition. When a student is excited about a topic, series or subject, I will find a book to feed that excitement. One of my favorite things to do is to talk about books and learning with students.
I grew up on a cattle farm outside of Sperryville, Virginia. Our farm is in the mountains and borders the Shenandoah National Park. Most class days involve a story from the farm. I enjoy sharing these stories and connecting them to our lessons. When not teaching, I volunteer at my church, teaching 2-year-olds and playing saxophone in the orchestra. I serve as State Co-Chair of the Community Classroom Committee, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteer on many other DAR committees on the local and national levels. I carve out as much time as possible for reading and writing.
It is a pleasure to work with the children in our community and play a role in their development.