I’m honored to be a part of Minds in Bloom and share my greatest passions with you: teaching & technology.
…and I’ll probably sprinkle in a little family, inspiration, and fun!
I’ve been a teacher as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories include playing school with my sisters, where of course I was the teacher. As I got a little older, I took on the role of neighborhood tutor and homework help go-to gal. I’m a part of the Xennial generation, otherwise known as the Oregon Trail generation. I was among the first set of teenagers to ever have a computer in their own home. I remember the day we got our first printer. It was a $3,000 (or so my dad claimed) black/white laser printer. It was to only be printed from in emergencies because the ink was nearly as expensive as the printer (or so my dad claimed.) I remember using Microsoft Works to type up practice tests for my neighborhood “students” and sneakily printing them out to make sure my lesson was great. I loved teaching from a very young age and recognized immediately how technology could be used to make me a better teacher.
My first actual teaching job was at a small private school. It was an amazing place to learn and grow and try out new ways of teaching. I had ideas and worked hard to implement them. The first time I ever saw a flip booklet was in my mind. I imagined a neatly folded resource that my students could use to study the parts of an eye. I was determined to make this resource real, so I printed the words and pictures out on a sheet of paper, and using scissors, glue, and a photocopier, I set to work figuring out how to bring my vision to reality. I’ve since seen (and made) hundreds of other flipbooks. I know I didn’t really invent them, but for me, the first flipbook I ever used originated from my imagination. The desire for my students to have it brought it to life. That was just the beginning of my resource creation. Nearly every single day of my teaching career, my students have benefited from resources that I created based on how they learned best, what they liked, and what they needed to be successful.
The more I taught, the more I realized that I could make lessons much more fun, meaningful, and engaging for students. My computer became my greatest tool to bring my ideas to life. Seeing students completing assignments that I had designed and created became one of my favorite parts about teaching. I discovered teaching strategies that worked for students and developed my own philosophy about what makes students successful. Eventually, my experience and success in the classroom led to lots of opportunities to help other teachers. As a math instructional specialist, I was privileged to work alongside many amazing teachers as they learned from me and I learned from them.
My hope is that this site is a place where I can continue helping students through my resources and where I can continue working alongside amazing teachers as we learn from each other.
I have a creative family for sure! My husband and I have been married for well over half our lives and have two wonderful daughters. My hubby is a master woodworker and can build things I can’t even imagine. My oldest daughter recently finished college and got married. She owns her own amazingly beautiful floral design business. My youngest sings like an angel (or a demon depending on the show) and is already making her way toward Broadway.
Yes, I love teaching, but my family is my everything.
Winning Teacher of the Year was definitely one of the proudest moments of my career. To get this picture, I had to pull off on the side of the road, walk through a field toward the sign, and hope that people weren’t judging me for trying to capture proof that this was real life!
As teachers, we pour our everything into our classes and our students. For me, winning this award validated the countless hours I had dedicated to being the best teacher I could be. It was the big pat on the back that teachers rarely get and the proof that all of my hard work had been noticed and appreciated.
I’ll forever be grateful to my administrators and co-workers for giving me this amazing gift. I will never EVER forget how I felt that day!