What I love about teaching is the energy that fills the room when both children and adults are excited about what they are learning. I love having meaningful conversations about books with students and seeing them actually enjoy learning through reading.
I have been an educator since graduating from UW-Parkside in 1991 with degrees in both English and Elementary Education. I taught first and second grade for 13 years in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District. During that time I received my Masters in Reading from Alverno College which allowed me to obtain both a Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist license. In 2004, I became a Reading Specialist for the School District of Elmbrook where I worked until June of 2014.
As a Literacy Coach, I spend most of my day in classrooms working with teachers and students during their literacy blocks. I support teachers with the implementation of our new balanced literacy initiative by demonstrating and observing lessons, working collaboratively with grade level teams to plan literacy units and lessons, supporting school teams in the collection and analysis of student literacy
achievement data, and providing on-going professional development to the staffs at both North and South Elementary schools.