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All About Me!

     A little about me....I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota (go Gophers!) and my teaching credential at Chapman University.  My career in education began in 1994 in Palm Springs Unified School District where I worked with middle school special education students. In 1996, I moved to Orange County and started teaching at Moiola K-8 School in the Fountain Valley School District.  I taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Moiola until I transferred to Gisler Elementary School in 2011 where I continued teaching 3rd grade. 
     Currently, I am starting my fourth year of teaching 5th grade!  I loved the challenges and growth that came with teaching this new grade level and I'm excited to continue to work with fifth grade students again this year!  
     I love teaching all subjects, but I consider myself an avid reader, so I'd say that I really love teaching reading!  How very lucky I am that I get to go to my job each day and share something with my students that is one of my favorite things in life to do....read!!  The students love it when I use different voices for characters when I read out loud - it helps the stories come alive and adds a lot of humor to our day!  When you love reading, you truly can explore the world and let your imagination run free!
     The same thing as art - I love teaching art and I incorporate it into the different content areas.  The best feeling is when a student who doesn't feel like they're artistic, creates something and proudly feels like an artist!  I also enjoy social studies and science - I feel like I learn something new almost every day and I learn a lot from the students!
      I have served in many other roles over the past twenty-plus years including soccer coach, cheerleading advisor, Peer Mediation advisor, Cotsen Fellow, FVEA Representative, BTSA Support Provider, Technology Chair, Student Study Team Coordinator, and PTA Activities Chair.  My free time is spent with my daughter, Olivia, who is now a freshman at the University of Arizona, our naughty family dog, Sonny Boy, and my huge family, which includes seven sisters and numerous nieces and nephews!  I enjoy movies, traveling, playing golf, tennis, yoga, cooking, projects, and of course reading!