What I love about teaching is working with kindergartners who love to learn and have very inquisitive minds about all things in our world.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an area of concentration in Physical Education. I received my Masters of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Aurora University in Illinois. I have continued my education beyond my masters degree with numerous courses and professional development. While at Hartland North I have received training in the Orton- Gillingham multi-sensory phonics method of teaching reading and I have been trained in E.R.E. (Early Reading Empowerment). I have had training as a SMARTBoard trainer also. This past summer I had a week of training in the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.
This is my 17th year teaching kindergarten at Hartland North. I have also taught 3rd grade, a 4th/ 5th grade class, and preschool.
My husband and I have a hobby farm in North Lake with many friendly animals. Every fall we have a corn maze and sell pumpkins and fall decorations. We have a daughter that is a C.P.A.
A typical day in our classroom is filled with excitement and a lot of learning about many things. We have class pets, many forms of technology, (1:1 iPads, laptops, SMARTBoard, Apple TV …..), a lot of Global learning experiences with several classrooms around the world. We have a wood working center where the children build amazing wooden projects with many different types of tools. Our technology is infused throughout our day. When we are studying a particular subject we may Skype with an expert in the field. We also create our own Global projects and have other classes around the world join our projects.
Once a month we visit the Hartland Public Library and have an author study and check out books. We also visit the local Senior Center once a month. We read to our senior friends, recite poems, and sing songs. Once a week we have Basset Hound Service Dogs that come and we read with them. We also go exploring in our school woods for some environmental education. There is always something exciting going on in our classroom.