I have been teaching at White Township School for 30 years. When I began my career here in 1989, I started out in the Basic Skills Program. Working in this realm at White Township School taught me many great things. The following year, I became a 6 th grade classroom teacher which was the first time having my very OWN classroom. After six years in 6 th grade, I moved down to teaching 4 th grade for nine years, then 5 th grade for two years and finally, I have spent the last fourteen years teaching special education.
I chose to go into the teaching profession because I always wanted to be a teacher and thought of teaching as an amazing career. I enjoyed school myself and I wanted to make a difference in young children and help shape them for the world ahead of them.
Ever since I was eight years old and in second grade, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. In the basement of the house I grew up in with my parents and two sisters, I had a full classroom set up. I would play school daily, even including real students from around the neighborhood. Their parents had it made; they essentially received free babysitting and a homework helper, for free. There was never a doubt in my mind or that of my family that I would attend college to pursue a career in education.
Throughout my career as a teacher, I continued working on my own education. I went on to earn my master’s degree in education and then received my teacher of students’ with disabilities certification.
When not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy going out to dinner, shopping, outside activities, beach and family vacations. Our best memories have been spent at our beach house near Long Beach Island. My favorite season is summer. I do not relax that often in life, but the one place that I can totally relax is at the beach.
I’ve lived in Franklin Township for the last 23 year with my husband Bill. I have 3 daughters. My oldest daughter, Kayla, graduated college with a degree in education and has been a teacher at Harmony school for the last 4 years. My middle daughter, Monica, graduated college last May with Business and Management information Systems degrees and is employed at ADP in Allentown. My youngest daughter, Bria, is a freshman in college and is also looking to pursue a career in education.
I have had dogs my whole life. My family and I currently have two wonderful dogs. Milo is a 10-year-old Maltese and is my middle daughter’s favorite thing in the world. Our other dog is a two-year-old rescue. Her name is Stella and she is a terrier mix and just adored by all.
Thank you for choosing me as your White Township Spotlight recipient. I have thoroughly enjoyed my days and years teaching at White Township School.