Hometown: Dover, Delaware
Education: Roanoke College—B.A.
Current Position: Third Grade
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Dover, Delaware. I attended Roanoke College, met my husband, Brian, and stayed in this wonderful city.
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I started playing soccer when I was five years old. I was the starting goalie at Roanoke College all four years.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you?
Teaching math to my third graders is a passion of mine. I love when I see the light bulb turn on after not understanding a concept. The look of pride and happiness on their faces make me want to do the best job I possibly can for them.
I remember Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson as being a turning point for me in my reading. When I was young, it felt as if reading was something I had to do, but reading Bridge to Terabithia changed my thinking. It was the first book that made me want to drop everything to read, and it was the first book that made me cry. I seriously cried like a baby. I haven’t lost my love for reading since!
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
In high school, I volunteered in a 3rd grade class. The teacher, Ms. Banks, happened to be my kindergarten teacher. She let me teach lessons, run copies, and work with small groups. Ms. Banks introduced me to teaching and I will always be grateful.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
I love the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and Darryl Scott. I also enjoy listening to cheesy 80’s music.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I would love to record audiobooks. Reading out loud to my son and students is so much fun; it would be awesome to be able to do that as a profession.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
I truly enjoy Colonial Day. Getting all dressed up, singing, dancing, creating crafts, playing games…what’s not to love!
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
Mistakes happen. What’s most important is that you learn from your mistakes.