I was born and spent most of my life living in Mansfield Township. My husband and I, moved to White Township in 2005, wanting our 4 children to have the opportunity to attend a small town elementary school, as well as, a small town high school. We have 3 daughters and 1 son, ranging in ages from 17 - 25 years old.
As a young girl, being the daughter of a high school math teacher, playing school was my favorite past time. Even though I did not initially pursue a teaching career, I know now it was what I was meant to do. I worked for a number of years in the banking industry. It was during that time I decided I wanted to be a teacher and returned to school to earn my teaching degrees. I taught second grade for a number of years before staying home to raise my young family. I am in my 12th year of teaching at White Township School. I am currently teaching the preschool inclusive class in the morning and I work as a special education teacher in the afternoon.
When I am not working, I enjoy reading and listening to country music. I also enjoy being outdoors whenever possible and love a good workout. Even though I do appreciate my alone time, I am happiest when I am with my family and friends. I love to entertain and love people. I love all seasons, fall being my favorite. I appreciate a good snow storm and even love to shovel the snow. I enjoy the beach in any season and it is one of my favorite places. I have not done much traveling, but look forward to my trip to Nashville this year. I have never been to the west coast, but hope to visit there someday soon.
I have had so many wonderful experiences and moments over the years, but one particular moment that sticks in my mind happened a few months ago. Almost every morning, I start my circle time with a greeting and say to my students, “I am so happy today. Why do you think I am so happy?” The students smile and all raise their hands, knowing and wanting to share the answer, “Because you love school.” One morning one of the boys was more excited than normal to answer my question, he was grinning from ear to ear. I had to call on him and when I did he answered my question with the usual, “Because you love school” but added “and you love us.” I am so grateful that my students know on good days and maybe not so good days, I love school and I love them. I am fortunate to have a career that I absolutely love.