Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Education: Wofford College—B.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato—M.A.T.
Current Position: Middle School Spanish, Middle School SCA
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I ran cross country and track from 6th grade through college. My best mile time was 5:19!
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? What do you do to stay current?
My passion is to teach language experientially, allowing every student the opportunity to be successful in his/her journey to learn Spanish. My love of the Spanish language and hispanic culture, along with the students’ curiosity and desire to learn motivate me as a teacher.
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende was my favorite book I read in college.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
When I graduated from Wofford College in 1996, I was confident that I did not want to be a teacher. This all changed after working at Montessori Island School in Tavernier, Florida. I was given the opportunity to put my Spanish to use by teaching preschool through fourth grades. Although hesitant at first, I was overwhelmed with the students’ enthusiasm and desire to learn Spanish. Their love of learning influenced me to go to graduate school to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
Town Mountain, my brother-in-law’s bluegrass band out of Asheville, NC, Alison Krauss, and Paul Simon.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I would be working with young people in some capacity.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out? What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
My fondest North Cross memories are watching my daughter, Meade, perform in Mr. Lamas’ battle, hearing my son, Thomas, read a nine page book he wrote in first grade, and watching my other son, Martin, do the Dinosaur Cha Cha Cha.
My favorite North Cross traditions are the Lower School programs that my children have participated in and will remember for the rest of their lives.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned? I want my students to walk away from my class confident in their ability to communicate in Spanish. I do not want the expectation of having to speak with perfect grammar and pronunciation hold them back from speaking Spanish.