My personal goal is to inspire students to nurture their natural curiosity of the world. It is important to me to provide opportunities for all learners to be challenged and inspired to reach for more.
My home and family: I am a resident of Port Washington where I started Port Washington's Safety Town--a two week safety course for children entering kindergarten. I have two children -- a daughter and a son who are young adults now. Caitlin is married and living in Port Washington. She is a School Psychologist and Guidance Counselor. Her husband teaches high school science in Sheboygan Falls. I am a proud grandma to their son, Colton, who I witnessed being born on April 19, 2015. This summer a baby girl named Cameryn was born on July 16 to be Colton's little sis! She's gorgeous. I enjoy them both so much!
A.J. is married and lives in Grafton.. He is a senior application development specialist at Northwestern Mutual Life. His wife, Aimee, is a senior advertising account executive for Jacob Rost Advertising Agency and also works at a dance studio in Brookfield. AJ and Aimee have a very nice dog named Nala. I call her my furry granddaughter!
I enjoy painting, gardening, golfing, and walking in the harbor. I am a nature nut who loves to be outside.
I am originally from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where my parents still reside. My five brothers and sisters and I were born in Minnesota. Now my family lives on the east coast, the west coast and in Denmark! We have a lot of fun using social media to stay connected.
My education and background: This is my nineteenth year teaching in Grafton. I taught sixth grade, kindergarten and third grade and fourth grade. I have a bachelor of science degree in Communications from UW - Stevens Point with a double minor in art and psychology. My emphasis of study was Public Relations and Advertising. Prior to this degree, I received a diploma at a technical school in Minneapolis, MN in Graphic Design. After working at a variety of positions including serving as Director of Housing at Edgewood College and Co-Director of Human Issues Education there, I went back to school to become certified in Elementary Education. My license is kindergarten through 8th grade and includes a computer science license. I received my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch University, December 2004. Most recently, I received training at Columbia College's Teacher College in New York in the Reading Workshop program, August 2011, with a refresher course in August of 2012 here in Grafton. I received training from Columbia Teachers College in Writing Workshop in July of 2013. I am constantly reading and learning about best practices in my subject areas. Most recently I attended technology conferences called SLATE and a Midwest Google Summit. Ancora Imparo--As Michelangelo said in his 80s--Yet, I am learning!
Honor Flight, April 2017