Hometown: Miami, Florida, moved to Roanoke at age 11
Education: Radford University—B.S..
Current Position: Lower School Spanish
Year Appointed: 2012
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I sang in the choir all through middle and high school. I was a cheerleader.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? What do you do to stay current?
I am motivated to help students fall in love with the Spanish language. It is my passion to teach them that learning a language is not only a life skill, but it can be fun and enjoyable. I love to learn creative ways to teach small children.
I do not have one favorite. When I was really young, I really enjoyed Nancy Drew books.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
I come from a big family of teachers. I have been influenced by my aunt, my sister, and most of all my mother. My mother was the biggest influence. I have vivid memories of observing my mother teaching her classes and thinking I want to be like her one day. When I was a small child I would play in her classroom and pretend to be a teacher.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
I listen to all kinds of music. I love to listen to music I can dance to.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I would definitely still work with children.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
My favorite North Cross tradition is Grandparents’ Day. My grandparents were such a huge part of my life. Seeing the students share this day with their grandparents warms my heart, and brings back memories of my childhood. As a child, I was always so excited to take my grandparents to my school to meet my teachers and see my classroom so I know how my students feel about this special day.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
That it is exciting and fun to learn a new language and culture.