Although I grew up in rural northwestern Montana and got my K-12 education there, my post-secondary experience began in the suburbs of New Jersey. I earned my AS in Music with highest honors from Mercer County Community College. After graduation, I transferred to Wellesley College in MA and earned my BA in Music and German Studies with honors in 2003. After my daughter started school and we had moved to Fort Collins, CO, I earned my Masters in Education from Colorado State University in 2011.
I am a life-long learner. I got hooked as a young child while listening to my father (an ex-science teacher turned lumberjack) talk about atoms, molecules, body systems, etc. I have also been working with kids from the ages of 6 months to 16 years for the past 18 years and absolutely love it. So give me a career like teaching where I can engage in learning daily AND work with kids (especially middle schoolers!!), then you give me my dream job.
I practice yoga, run, garden, hike, play video games, explore the skies with my 10" telescope, cook, and read all with equal enthusiasm, and usually with my fantastic 12 year old daughter and amazing husband.
Yoga, 7th Grade Health, 6th Grade World Language Explorations- we sample French, German and Spanish in one quarter! 8th Grade German I
I teach a wide variety of subjects but in each class, we are a community. Each student is valued and each voice is heard. We are governed by mutual respect and everyone (including me) is held to the standards of the 6 P's: Prompt, Prepared, Polite, Produce, Participate, and PMA. In my classroom we laugh and our mistakes lead us closer. There is diversity, and we realize that our experiences educate us as well as our books.