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I am a mom, a wife, and an elementary teacher. I have had the call to teach ever since I was a child, begging my brother and sister to play school with me every chance I got. I truly love learning, and my goal as a teacher is to help instill the same feeling in my students. Teaching a child to regurgitate content just so they do well on a test never appealed to me. Instead, I strive to teach them to love the process of learning and help them find their passions, explore their creativity, and work as a team with their peers to accomplish a goal.
I have been an elementary teacher since 2003, working in Ohio, Florida, and Michigan. I also spent four years as an educational consultant, but I missed the personal connections that you can only make as a classroom teacher, so I left to return to teaching in 2013. During the 2015-2016 school year, I have made the change to teaching 5th grade after many years teaching in the primary grades. The move was by choice, as I have wanted to work with older students for a while to see what more independent learners would be capable of accomplishing. So far, I am not regretting the move!
On a more personal note, I spent the first couple decades of my life up in the cold of Michigan. When the gray, cold winters finally got the best of me, I made my way to south Florida to enjoy the sunshine, warmth, and occasional hurricane. After 9 wonderful years in Florida, my husband and I had the crazy idea to move back up to Michigan to be closer to family, and I have questioned this decision every winter so far! I have a beautiful baby daughter and a very spoiled rat terrier named Tank (see below). I love talking walks with the family when the weather is nice, pretending to be a real runner, reading political thrillers, and watching some horrible shows on the TV!