I grew up in a small town, the fourth child out of six. We spent our days exploring outside and playing board games on rainy days. When I went to college, I really didn’t know what career I wanted. My mother discouraged me from being a teacher because teaching jobs were scarce. I obtained a business degree from Rutgers University and got a job working for the phone company. After five years, I decided to become a software trainer. That was an exciting career, but the constant travel and 90 minute commutes were brutal. Five years and four children later, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. When my youngest child was in preschool, I became a substitute teacher at White Township School and was in that position for three years. Eventually I began the Alternate Route Teaching Program which enabled me to get the 6th grade math position.
I’m often asked what my favorite subject was when I was in school. Without a doubt, math was my favorite. It seems like I’ve been counting numbers my entire life. Growing up, I lived across the street from a canvas factory. In the summers, I’d walk over and take lunch orders from the people who worked there. I’d walk to the corner store with their money, get their lunches, and bring back their correct change. In return, they’d give me a dime for a tip. Needless to say, parenting back in the sixties was totally different; I cannot imagine letting my children walk over to a factory and take people’s money!
When I’m not in school, you’ll often find me walking the three mile loop around my house. I am a voracious reader; and I always have a stack of books nearby. My husband and I just bought a new 5th wheel camper. We are looking forward to traveling across the country in a few years. I love to travel to foreign countries because I get to actually see the places that I read about. Traveling also makes me appreciate how fortunate I am to live in the U.S. Some of the places I’ve been include Canada, Ireland, England, France, and Spain. My next trip will hopefully be to Italy. I also love to try out new recipes for my Sunday family dinners. I became a grandmother last year; watching my granddaughter grow up is one of the most joyful aspects of my life. I adore everything about being a grandma, especially shopping for her! I have been married for almost 33 years to my husband, Frank. We’re proud to have raised four self-sufficient children.
I love to come to work each day and try to inspire my students to think of math outside of the classroom. They’ll often hear me say, “Make sure to count your change,” and “Use a coupon whenever possible.” I enjoy when my former students come back to visit and tell me about the great jobs they have. I’m proud to be a teacher at White Township School, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to their lives. It truly does take a village to raise great kids!