Hometown: Huntington, New York
Education: B.S. in Elementary and Middle School Education; M.S. in Educational Administration; Ed.S. in Reading
Current Position: Fifth grade language arts and history teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? I grew up at the beach on Long Island. Even though I miss the sand and surf, I love living in Roanoke. The mountains are beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly!
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I'm handy. I built a tree house all by myself for my four children.
What was your favorite book you read in school? Island of the Blue Dolphins. It's based on a true story of a girl who had to survive alone on an island; it was a gripping adventure.
Who most influenced your decision to teach? Unbeknownst to them, two of my high school teachers influenced my decision to teach. They both believed in me and made me feel successful. This made me realize how impactful and life-changing a teacher's words and work can be.
When you're listening to music, who's playing? It depends on my mood.... it could be jazz (Pat Metheny), classic rock (Pink Floyd), disco (Abba or the Bee Gees), or current top 40 music.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead? In a perfect world, I would still be a stay-at-home mom. To pay the bills, I don't know what I would do; teaching is not just my career, it's my passion!
What's your favorite North Cross tradition? The Fat Pencil Ceremony makes me cry each year. I enjoy hearing the stories about how North Cross and friends have impacted the seniors' lives.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned? Treat each other with kindness and respect, and always proofread your work!