I graduated from Ball state University with a Bachelor’s degree. I have since continued to hold a bachelor degree +26 extra hours in education. I have taught with Anderson Community schools for 27 years. I taught Functional skills at the high school level and I taught middle school at the mild cognitive level. I have also taught 2nd -4th grade special ed. My true love is Kindergarten and 1st grade. I currently teach a Kindergarten/1st grade self-contained Mild Special education class. I have taught K/1 for about 19 years. My class is tailored to meet the physical, emotional, social, and academic needs of each student I service.
As a teacher, it is my philosophy that a child learns best in a structured, consistent, caring environment. I never assume a child knows what you expect. So each year I take the time to teach and model all procedures. Having consistent procedures along with consequences helps students feel safe and gain the trust needed to form a learning class community where every student can feel comfortable in.
I do not hide student differences, instead I embrace them and find ways to adapt teaching styles and or the physical environment to meet the needs of all. My students know that what works for one student may not work for another and that’s ok because “we work as a team.” Each student is encouraged to try and try again until they succeed. As a team, we celebrate the little steps as well as the over all accomplishments.
On a more personal level, I share my love of teaching with my family. I have been married for 26 years and have a son 22 years of age. I am also a caregiver for my mother. I have dog named Bertha and cat named Buddy. I love the outdoors. I enjoy cooking, swimming, walking, and spending time with my friends and family.