Welcome to our class! 2015-16 will be my second year teaching fourth grade at Hayes elementary. I have been at Hayes since 2005, as a kindergarten teacher and as a literacy specialist. I have been teaching with Livonia Public Schools since 1987 with a four year interruption (1999-2003) when my family lived in Singapore and then Thailand.
I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I majored in early childhood education with a double minor in math and language arts. I earned my Masters Degree from Oakland University with a specialization in reading and language arts. Additionally, I became certified as a Reading Recovery teacher through both Western Michigan University and Oakland University. I continue to learn and grow as a teacher through professional workshops and reading.
I am happily married to my husband Gregg. We live with our three children (Maxx- 17, Tyler- 14, and Cole-10), two dogs (Logan and Snickerdoodle), tortoise (Gigantor), and bearded dragon (Goliath). My husband and sons play a lot of tennis. My daughter, Tyler, and I love riding horses. Tyler is a much more accomplished rider than I am!
I am passionate about creating a classroom where children and learners thrive. I expect everyone in our class to treat each other with kindness and respect. I promise to do all I can to support my students in the classroom and in their learning. Please let me know how I can best support your child!