When I was seven years old, I watched Katarina Witt win the 1988 Winter Olympics in Figure Skating. I instantly fell in love with the sport and begged my mom to sign me up for lessons. Those lessons turned into ten years of competitive figure skating.
What motivates and inspires you as a teacher?
My passion and motivation for teaching comes from my ardor for children. It is a joy and delight to work with young learners. My four and five year old students are always eager and excited to learn. Looking into the shinning eyes of my students motivates me to teach and love them every day.
I also love teaching children to read! It is such an amazing moment when you watch a child read his or her first word!
To stay current in my practice, I read books and articles, take graduate level classes and attend conferences. I also love watching other good teachers teach!
What was your favorite book you read in school?
It is always hard for me to pick a favorite book! There are so many great books that I love for different reasons. One of my favorites is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Although this book can be interpreted in different ways, I take away the lesson of how joyful the tree was in selflessly giving to the boy.
Who most influenced your decision to become a teacher?
When I was in middle school, my mom went back to school and became a first grade teacher. I loved being in her classroom, and I just knew that teaching would be a good fit for me.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
I usually listen to Spirit FM or NPR.
If you could attempt a career other than teaching, what would it be?
I would probably be a nutritionist. I am passionate about healthy, local food choices and how good food affects our health.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out?
I think my favorite North Cross “memory” is actually my entire first year at North Cross. Although I have taught at four different schools, North Cross was the first independent school in which I have worked. The first year that I was here, I was continually impressed with how much we offer our students. The combination of the excellent curriculum, small class sizes, wonderful fine arts education, number of sports teams and the beautiful campus that we come to everyday makes me thankful and proud to work here.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
I love the Fat Pencil ceremony. I love listening to the senior “Survivors” talk about their years here at North Cross. I hope that my daughter Eleanor will be on that stage one day.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to take with them?
As my students move on to Kindergarten, I want them to continue to love school. I want them to have a passion to learn about the world around them!