Why I Teach:
I teach because I love children and I am drawn to their energy and their spirit. I want every child to know that we see them for who they are and that we are here to help them grow into a beautiful person. "You are braver than you believe...stronger than you seem..and loved more than you'll ever know." (A.A. Milne)
I have two amazing children that I love and adore :) Indigo is 20 and is a student at American University in Washington D.C. and Angelo is turning 17 this summer and is off to the University of Oregon next year. It is good that I have the two coasts covered! I also have an amazing cream Golden Retriever named Karma...you may see her in the building every now and again as she simply loves children and they seem to love her too.
I spent most of my educational career at the University of Illinois. While there I earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science/International Law and graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education and Educational Leadership. I am currently finishing up a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.
I was born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania and spent most of my youth in Orland Park, Illinois. I love being from the Midwest, but I love living in Colorado even more! I still return home to eat good pizza a few times each year, and then return to the mountains that I love.
I love to do yoga, snowboard, paddleboard, climb and spend time with my children. I love to travel and see the world each summer as well. I think that new perspectives help me understand the world a bit better...help me be more compassionate and caring...and help me be a better leader.
Human kind. Be both.
Favorite Book or Story:
One of my favorite stories/series is the Chronicles of Narnia. I used to reread them start to finish every summer growing up...and still...sometimes still do.
Favorite Sports Team:
Pittsburgh Steelers of course!