People are unique and multifaceted. I am no exception. I am not only a teacher. I am a teacher, a student, a wife, a mother, a drummer, a knitter, a hiker, an at home chef, a lover of the outdoors and an appreciator of all things beautiful (people, art, nature, books, etc.).
I am from the UP and love all things outdoors. My husband, John, and I have one child; a son named Michael. We are expecting our second child, a daughter named Olive, any day now...I am due on September 21st! We enjoy family time camping, swimming, hiking, and playing outside. We love both the warm seasons and the cold seasons. My favorite season is fall because I can wear all my snugly sweaters and sweatshirts. John and Michael love the winter because they can play in the snow. We live in Muskegon and enjoy living close to so many outdoor adventure opportunities.
I have a few hobbies that I try to find time for. I enjoy west african percussion. I played the djembe and djun djuns in a traditional west african drum ensemble for 10 years and still like to pitter patter on a djembe every now and then. When I need to find a quiet hobby, I really like to knit and crochet. I am not very good at knitting, but I keep trying. I am much better at crocheting. I also LOVE to cook. I plan a new recipe every week; sometimes my family loves it and sometimes it is not their favorite but I keep trying!!
I love teaching Math and Science! I find it exciting because there are so many ways to solve one problem. I love to see what my students will teach me each year. I went to Western Michigan University for my undergraduate degree in Special Education. I am going to Grand Valley State University now for my graduate degree in Instruction and Curriculum. I enjoy being a student and a teacher. Lifelong learning is very rewarding!
I welcome each and every individual child into my classroom with open arms. I try to create a community in my classroom that allows each student to be themselves without fear of ridicule or shame. I invite each student to learn their strengths and weaknesses and embrace them all. When we know what we are capable of, we know where we can stretch to increase those abilities. We are all different and we all learn differently.