I am originally from St. Louis, MO. I graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1993. I studied mechanical engineering for 2 years at the University of Missouri-Rolla. However, I realized that I had a greater desire to help others. In 1998, I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a degree in Social Work. In 2003, I finished graduate school at Webster University in St. Louis with a degree in special education. In 2018, I completed another graduate degree at WTAMU to be an educational diagnostician.
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education
Master of Education – Educational Diagnostician
I am certified to teach special education PreK-12 and elementary education EC-6. I am also a certified educational diagnostician.
I have recieved and continue to recieve ongoing professional development in the following areas:
I have been teaching at Bushland Elementary since 2012. I teach basic courses and inclusion classes in reading, language arts, and writing (ELAR). I also teach First Lego League robotics after school.
Prior to teaching in Bushland, I taught self-contained special education classes in Missouri and California. I have taught all grades K-11, covering a wide range of disabilities and content areas.
I have been married to my best friend and soul mate, Joseph, since 2003! We have three amazing children: Ryan, Hailey, and David. Ryan is going to college to be a high school history teacher and frequently subs in the district, Hailey goes to Bushland High School, and David goes to Bushland Middle School. I am also blessed to have my mom, Pat, living with me!
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, doing crafts, and of course spending time with my family. I also volunteer with the robotics tournament, am a Girl Scout leader, and work with the Young Marines.