Being a teacher is one of the greatest privileges. I love telling people what I do for a job. However, it was not what I always wanted to do. In fact when I was in fifth grade I wanted to be an ice skater! It was not until high school where I really began to consider teaching as a career and boy am I glad I did! I grew up just down the road in Alpha NJ. I went to a K-8 school that was very similar to White Township. I am a Phillipsburg High School Graduate and attended Rowan University for my bachelor’s degree. Rowan had a fantastic education program and every class I took made me eager to get into a classroom and teach!
I always imagined myself teaching third grade, I thought that was the ideal year in school and could remember how much fun I had in third grade. I even student taught in third grade. However, once I started teaching I soon saw how much fun fifth grade was! I love that each year I watch my fifth grade students blossom into their own people. It is a privilege to see them grow and decide where their own ideas are. My favorite part of being a teacher is that I get to interact with so many students and get to know them and their families.
As a teacher, some of my proudest moments are when my students begin to believe in themselves. It is so amazing to watch someone who was unsure suddenly “get it” and be so proud. I love when my students come back to visit and I get to see what they are doing with their lives. I also get the fun of being the Girls On the Run co-coach and one of the Drama Club directors. Seeing the girls finish their 5k and watching the Drama Club rehearse are some of the proudest moments I’ve had as a teacher.
When not in school, I love to hang out with my husband, Matt and my daughter, Rahlee. We have three cats and a dog and spend a lot of time playing with them. Rahlee also loves Sesame Place and any zoo, so those are two places we frequent a lot in the warmer weather. Our ultimate favorite place to go as a family is Klein’s Farm in Forks. My daughter loves to feed the cows and then at the end, we all get ice cream. We love the water so if we aren’t taking day trips, we usually can be caught in the pool hanging out as a family. I am also an avid reader and can often be found diving into as many books as possible especially over the summer.