Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Education: Baker College—B.S.
Current Position: ECP Level 2
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I was a gymnast for ten years and I was a gymnastics instructor for ten years, working with ages 18 months up to sixteen years.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you?
There is always something new to learn and apply to your teaching and your classroom. Watching my students get excited about new technology, a new activity, and/or new materials gets me excited about teaching every day! Watching other teachers teach can be so inspiring as well.
I truly enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I was assigned to read it my junior year of high school for a book report. I really loved the dynamic of the characters in the book and thought there were valuable lessons to take away from reading it. I was motivated to read other books by Jane Austen.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
My first grade teacher motivated me to want to be a teacher. She made me love to come to school, and I dreamed of being a fun and energetic teacher just like her. Coincidentally, she told my parents during conferences that I would make a great teacher some day!
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be a speech pathologist. I find the development of language fascinating.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out?
A warm North Cross memory that stands out is the baby shower thrown for Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Potter, and myself by the parents of our ECP2 students. The parents, children, and families were so generous to all of us. The children even drew pictures for a baby book they made for each of us.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
When my students go to Kindergarten I want them to know that learning is a combination of work and fun. Perhaps most importantly, I want them to learn that teamwork and helping one another is key in making sure everyone is successful at school.