What I love about teaching is when a student can say, “I didn’t realize how much I learned in your class because I was having so much fun learning it!” or a student can sign a thank you note with the closing, Your favorite student, because I try to make each one believe he/she is
I began teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District in 1985. I joined this district directly after graduation from UW- Oshkosh. The first 13 years of my career were spent as a special education teacher in 5th and 6th grade followed by transitioning to a general education elementary teacher. During that time, I earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee. I have been asked if I get tired of the same grade and I answer with a resounding, “Never!” I make sure to keep each year filled with new learning and challenges for both myself and my students.
My family and I live in the quaint little town of Lake Mills. It’s an easy commute and you wouldn’t believe all of the great ideas I come up with in my office, I mean car. I am married to a great guy named Steve. We both enjoy our terrific, challenging, hilarious, teenager named Luke. Wrigley (yes, Wrigley Field) is our baby; a furry labradoodle who brings our home great happiness. Other than my family and teaching, my greatest passion is gardening (okay, coffee is right up there). I love to toil in the soil! My yard is filled with perennials and I spend hundreds of hours enjoying nature. I also enjoy our town’s very own Rock Lake for a variety of activities.
What does a day in our classroom look like?
Structured Chaos. Emotional, purposeful discussions. Soft-lit lounge. Snuggled in with a great book. Furiously writing a special moment. Wondering why. RESPECT is the only rule. Every day has surprises, while still having the security of a schedule and knowing what to expect. We look out for each other. We’re a family.