Fourth Grade Teacher, Hickory Hills Elementary School
I am currently earning my Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) through a cohort with fellow Springfield Public Schools teachers.
After graduating with a B.S. in Education from Missouri State University (then SMSU) in 1998, I began teaching at Wilder Elementary School, where I had completed my student teaching. While there, I taught first grade for one year and second grade for three years.
Wilder is still very near and dear to my heart. The year I was married, my second graders participated in my ceremony, walking down the aisle ringing bells just before my entrance. It is a sweet memory.
After four years of teaching, I left the district and worked with a much older group of students at the university level. As a Director for Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE--now Enactus), I traveled across the country visiting foundations to secure grants for the organization.
Then I became a mother, and had the amazing opportunity to stay home with my children during their first few years.
In 2011, I returned to the Springfield Public Schools R-12 district as a para in the ESOL classroom at Hickory Hills. The next year, I applied for the fourth grade classroom teacher position in the building, and got it! I have served joyfully in that capacity for five years.
I am one of those very blessed individuals who loves what I do, loves going to work each day, and loves the people (especially my little people) I am surrounded with each day. Life is good!
Philosophy of Education
Be the example.
Be their biggest cheerleader.
Mark Twain Selfies
Students who read at least four Mark Twain award winning books had their photos taken with Twain for our hall bulletin board.
Lewis and Clark Journals
As part of our PBL unit, many students chose to create replicas of the Corps of Discovery journals. They were so proud!
Students who graduated through their times tables wore the cap and gown as we all hummed "Pomp and Circumstance." It was a hoot!