My husband, Declan, was transferred here with GE in 1992. I moved to join him in 1993 after completing my second year of teaching in New York.
You have taught several different grades in the lower school, where did you begin?
I started working for North Cross as a second grade teacher in 1993. I taught two years with Mrs. Strulson, then two more years with Ms. Martin before she moved to third grade. After four years of teaching second grade I had my daughter, Kerin, and decided to take several years off. Kerin started North Cross in JK4 so I was a lower school parent for a few years before I returned. I came back full-time when Kerin was in 4th grade and my son, Patrick, was in kindergarten and started helping in first grade, with Mrs. Strulson and Ms. Cook. The next year I moved to kindergarten and eventually found my home in JK4, now ECP2.
What was your favorite grade to teach?
Whichever grade I am teaching at the time, I love them all!
What is your favorite North Cross tradition?
I love the Senior Buddy Program at North Cross. The seniors are like superheroes to the ECP children. Both of my children participated in the program and still talk about their buddies, Eliza Grove ‘03 and J.R. Lystash ‘07. Now that Kerin is participating in the program as a senior, it’s easy to see that the seniors are just as excited as the little ones!
Your family has always been so involved in the North Cross Community, what makes it such a special place for you?
North Cross has been a great place for our whole family. I have been a teacher and a parent here for many years. As a teacher, before I was a parent, I knew I wanted my children to grow up here. I love the parents, the faculty, and the children. We feel like we are part of a great community. GE brought us to Roanoke, but North Cross has kept us here. I guess you could say this is our home away from home.