Growing up in Iowa my six siblings and two amazing parents played a large part in defining me both personally and professionally. In college, I decided I wanted to be a teacher and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education. A month later I moved to this great state and began my teaching career.
I got lucky. My first class was a 3rd and 4th grade combination in a school that served a large population of at-risk students. It was a difficult year but a wonderful experience where I really understood the importance of every child deserving a great teacher and access to academic opportunities.
As I witnessed the inequities among the different demographic populations I was a part of, I drew on my roots, spending invaluable time on the phone each week with my parents, discussing and trying to understand the harsh realities and struggles people face every day. During this pivotal time in my life, I fell in love with these kids and continued to work for many more years with a similar population.
As a teacher: Eight years into my career, I earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CU Boulder. Several years later, I earned my Type D Principal’s license with the intention of eventually becoming a principal and using my expertise to turn around low-performing schools.
I have spent 25 years in Adams County District 12, teaching math and science to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in three different Middle Schools. Along the way, my district has given me many opportunities to grow and develop as a teacher in my classroom and as a leader in the field of education.
My accomplishments include:
- Helped Adams 12 School District transition from the Junior High to a Middle School concept;
- Participated in textbook and curriculum adoption including, writing and implementing science curriculum;
- Served on the essential learnings team to develop authentic common assessments;
- Trained many new teachers.
- Served as my school’s Data Analyst
- Prepared the STATE Accountability Notebook for two years.
- Member of our district cohort team, testing and implementing a new system for teacher evaluations.
- Coached girls and boys basketball, softball and a SIM EARTH team.
- Teacher sponsor for our school chess and science club
My family: When my husband, John, and I had our first son 10 years ago, we jumped into parenting with both feet! Our two boys attend Maple Grove Elementary where I have been active with the PTA and School Accountability Committee, while volunteering in the classroom as much as is possible for a working mom. This past year I coached my boys’ baseball team and each of their basketball teams, and I volunteer at their swim meets. John and I have a regular date night playing ultimate Frisbee! We love to hike, bike, camp, garden, cook, and play games as a family!
In the past few years I’ve started to pay more attention to Jeffco Schools as a whole. I have attended most Board meetings and have been sharing what I learn with my community. Jeffco has always had a powerful reputation among educators and among families. I want Jeffco to continue to be an excellent place for students to learn, teachers to educate, and community members to live, work and play.