I received my Bachelors of Science/ Special Education in 1981 from Bloomsburg University. After being a stay at home mom, working in several positions and managing group homes for the handicapped, I accepted a position at MMS as the Life Skills Support Teacher in 1997. While loving and enjoying being the LSS teacher for 10 years, I continued my education at Kutztown University and received my Reading Specialist Certificate. In 2007, I became one of the 7th grade Reading teachers at MMS. I struggled as a young reader therefore I understand what it is like to read a page and have no recollection of what was read. I use this experience to understand the struggles of many of my students. I also grew as an avid reader and can easily get lost in a book. My goal as a reading teacher, is for each student to develop and grow as a reader. That might mean for one student to enjoy a book for the first time. For another, it might mean to expand from reading only fantasy to historical fiction, science fiction, poetry, non-fiction and mysteries. Deep and critical thinking is stressed within the classroom and through dialogue in journaling. I believe every student can develop into a good reader. Given the strategies, skills and practice, every student has the choice to be a good reader.
When I am not in the classroom, I can be found digging in the dirt in my garden, hanging out with my chickens, floating down the river in my kayak, or caring for my elderly in-laws in my home. I also make time for my two grandsons, Rylan and Jaxon, and my granddaughter, Gracelyn.