Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
"--What lies behind us,
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
within us--" Ralph Waldo Emerson
Through reading and writing, we can explore what lies within us, experience
the moment, and understand our world. I became an English teacher because of
my love for the human spirit, literature, and the study of thought.
From Iowa where I grew up as a child to Spain and Chile where I spent an
extended period of time learning their language and cultures to quaint
Rhode Island, I have encountered unique experiences that have been
challenging, enlightening, and indelible--but all have made me who I am.
I graduated from Ames High School, moved on to The University of Northern
Iowa for my undergraduate in both English and Spanish Education, and
completed my Master's degree in English Education from Teachers
College of Columbia University. I loved spending part of my summers in New
York City, but I enjoy living here in Westerly:)
At the high school, I'm the advisor for WHS's Creative Writing Club--the Ink
Bandits, co-advisor of the Outdoors Club, and co-advisor of Westerly's GSA
program. I have a variety of interests about which I am passionate and it
shows through my involvement in writing, being outdoors, and maintaining an
open heart and mind to all people.
I love teaching, and I love life. . .I look forward to learning all about
each one of you through this journey together!
Mission For The Class:
My mission for all of my students is to work together to stretch not only
our reading and writing skills, but also our thinking and ourselves--as
Socrates professed, "The unexamined life is not worth living."