Degrees and Certifications:
B.S.--Social Science, PSU, 1993 M.Ed.--Elementary Education, PSU, 1995 Ed.D.--Educational Leadership--Curriculum & Instruction, PSU, 2013
I am so excited to be at Grant Watts Elementary--the 2020-2021 school year will be my fifth year in the Scappoose School District and I couldn't be more thrilled. I grew up in a small farming town and attended a primary school just like ours, so Grant Watts and the surrounding community feels like home to me.
I have been teaching for almost 30 years in the Portland, Woodburn and Tigard-Tualatin School districts and have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st & 2nd grades as well as 14 years as a Talented and Gifted Specialist for grades K-5. I love teaching!
I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Education: Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science: Social Science all from Portland State University. I also love learning!
I get so much joy from teaching! Some highlights are: getting to join the fabulous Grant Watts Elementary staff, being selected as one of 200 teachers in the nation to attend the Mickelson/ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in New York City, attending The Writing Project at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City and having the privilege of being Facebook friends with students from my very first 1st grade class more than 20 years later and many more students along the way! I am so excited to experience new highlights and create these same meaningful, lifelong relationships with the students in my class this year!
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: My goal is to have a room filled with a love of learning as well as endless support, challenge and compassion. I believe that every child is unique and special. I believe that every child has the capability of achieving great things with the right support. I believe the social and emotional health and growth of a child is just as important as their intellectual growth. I also believe that I have a job filled with a huge responsibility for influencing the educational path and career/life success of every student in my classroom. In my room you will see differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the individual learners present; you will see hands-on, experiential learning to engage the different learning styles of my students and you will see empowered little people who take responsibility for their actions and support the needs of their classmates. You will also see a lot of movement and hear a lot of "interaction"--all wrapped around solid routines that contribute to a fulfilling, successful day. To inspire and positively influence & impact children, that is why I teach. It is one of the most demanding, exhausting and REWARDING jobs on the planet and I feel privileged, blessed and honored that it is my job!