My objective in teaching is to develop each child into a person who possesses confidence in the areas of academics and social well-being, as well as being able to use life skills to be a successful member of society. I believe that each child can learn and every student has the right to learn in a safe and nurturing classroom.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude, I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a specialty in Preprimary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2002. I also hold a Master’s of Science Degree in Teaching and Learning from Minnesota State University, Mankato with an emphasis on Improving Teaching and Learning, Data-Driven Decision Making to Improve Student Learning and Learning Communities and Leadership.
This will be my sixteenth year of teaching. I've taught 3rd grade for several years now, but at the beginning of my career I also taught a year of 1st grade and a year of 2nd grade. I have also taught nine years of Summer Reading Academy in the first, third, and fourth grades.
My family is the most important thing in the world to me! My daughter, Grace and son, Alex made me so proud every day! I'm also so blessed to be married to my best friend, Cody! We have lots to celebrate in our family!
One of my greatest passions is cycling. This year through the spring, summer and fall I will put over 1,500 miles on my bike! It is a wonderful time for me to enjoy the outdoors and have some quiet time to think. When my schedule allows, I enjoy riding with the Nicollet Bike group rides as well!
My passion of cycling has lead me into my next favorite thing, competing in triathlons! In the past I have mostly competed in Sprint Triathlons, which are typically a 1/4-1/2 mile swim, 12-14 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run and have done a few Olympic distance races, which are a .93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. Two years ago I raced a Half Ironman, or 70.3 race. This was a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run! In June I had an amazing opportunity to be part of an Olympic distance relay team as the swimmer with a triathlon celebrity, Meredith Atwood, Swim Bike Mom. I traveled to Michigan for this race where I did the relay on Saturday and had a Personal Best swim time and then I raced individually in the Sprint race Sunday where I placed 1st in my age group out of 21, and 10th overall out of 146 athletes, with another PR swim! It was fun to get back to racing Sprints this summer!
The hobby that I've been doing the longest in my life is water skiing. This is something I don't get to do as often as I would like to, but I ski whenever I get the chance. I also love being on the water and relaxing with family and friends!
Speaking of skiing, I don't just sit inside my house all winter long, I also love to downhill ski! This hobby truly makes living in the cold Minnesota winters much more bearable for me! A few years ago I got to ski in the Rockies! Although now days most of our weekends in the winter are spent at wrestling tournaments, skiing is something we love to do as a family. Grace and Alex are both excellent skiers and have been skiing since they were very little !
Now you know all about me! I can't wait to get to know you!