I have 18+ years of experience teaching grades K-6, but I’ve also taught as an adjunct professor at Front Range Community College (teaching a course on essay writing) and was the Dean of Education at Aims Community College before leaving to pursue KIDSLLC.
I hold a Bachelors in Psychology and Elementary Education (K-6) and an M.A.E.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12). I’m a Colorado Certified Teacher (K-6) and hold a Professional Teaching License through the State of Colorado.
I’ve served on several committees to align curriculum to Colorado Standards and my work was published through the school district for all staff to use when mapping curriculum for the year. I’ve also written and presented on curriculum and lesson plans with thematic units for the Social Studies and Science Departments – these lessons were published on the district’s pages for staff and teachers to use. I’ve educated fellow teachers on brain research, integrating the arts into education, and multiple intelligences (that is: the many ways students can be “intelligent” beyond typical IQ-based “math smart” or “science smart” – “art smart” and “music smart” are just as important and worth cultivating!)
I love to teach, whether it’s summer school for struggling students or new technology to parents to help their children become more effective students.
My passion is to help students succeed and cultivate a love of lifelong learning! I don’t believe in teaching every student the same way – everyone learns differently, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but we can all learn more if taught in a way that engages us and uses our background knowledge to continue the learning process.
My passion is teaching and designing lesson plans that incorporate multiple subjects. For instance, while learning about blue whales we can learn measurement and proportion (math + art), acoustics (music + science), hands-on science (how does a whale eat?), memorable facts (science, reading, writing, & critical thinking), and more. The list goes on. I’m driven to find what helps each individual student learn and succeed so they feel empowered to make a difference.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, my daughter Jayde, my husband Ryan, and our big baby – our German Shepard. I’m an avid learner and whether I’m trying new things or exploring new ideas, adventure is right around the corner. I love to travel, read, garden, dance, and explore new places with friends and family.