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I am one of those fortunate individuals who has a job that I love. I find teaching challenging, rewarding, inspiring and fun. Working with middle schoolers gives me a sense of hope and adds joy to my life. It does also leave me quite tired at the end of the day, as well!
I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and moved to Washington in 1993 to begin my teaching career. I have taught in a variety of settings. I spent a portion of my career teaching elementary and middle school students in the Tacoma Public School system. I also spent six years teaching in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Puget Sound, helping to prepare future teachers. I have been teaching on Vashon Island in a variety of ways (at Chautauqua through enrichment programs, Family Link, a school of my own, and now McMurray Middle School) for many years.
I am a lover of words and am passionate about teaching the art of language.
One of my absolute, greatest joys is being the mother of two teenage daughters. They help me stay mindful of the life of the student.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, May 1993
Minors in English and Social Studies
Michigan State University
Master of Education Degree, August 1997
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Article in Part I of Kaleidoscope: Readings in Education, Edited by Kevin Ryan and James M. Cooper, Houghton Mifflin: Geneva, Illinois, 2004
“Finding Allies: Sustaining Teachers’ Health and Well-Being” in the Phi Delta Kappan, May 2001
Co-author of a chapter (16) in To Become a Teacher: Making a Difference in Children’s Lives, Edited by William Ayers, Teacher’s College Press: New York, 1995
This picture to the left was drawn of me by one of my former students! This is what my serious, teacher-face looks like. I do also smile, though!