I was a double major in college. I have degrees in journalism and dance.
As a teacher, what motivates you? What do you do to stay current?
I enjoy watching my students develop into more confident readers and writers. We read such a powerful selection of novels during their 8th grade year, and the students are always eager to discuss them and make connections to their own lives.
They also face more challenging writing assignments, and I love the satisfaction they experience when they successfully complete them. I keep current by collaborating with colleagues, staying on top of the latest technology trends for the classroom, and taking classes whenever possible.
What was your favorite book you read in school?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I love the balance of science and human emotion in this classic.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
My mother influenced me to become a teacher. She taught high school math for 30 years, and I always admired the impact she had on so many young people. It seemed like everywhere we went she would run into former students who were excited to see her again. Many of them would also express their gratitude for the help and guidance she gave them. I knew a teaching career would give me the opportunity to make a similar impact.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
Christina Perri and Birdy are two of my favorite artists at the time. I like all types of music though. I have also become a Taylor Swift fan, thanks to my five-year-old daughter.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I would travel as much as possible and see the world. I would also probably write more and do some choreography. I miss being involved with dance and using it as a creative outlet.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out? What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
I love the pep rallies because they bring the entire school together and get everyone excited about the upcoming sporting events. It creates a great sense of community.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
I want them to have learned responsibility and self-advocacy. When entering high school, it is so important for students to take charge of their own future and to be able to speak up for themselves, ask questions, and find answers—not just in school, but in all aspects of their lives.