I have been married to Alan for over 30 years and we have two sons--Alex, a third-year medical student at Duke in North Carolina, and Andrew, a financial analyst in Boston. We've lived in Fort Collins since 1996.
I was a career academician for many years finally graduating with a degree in English from the University of Texas--Dallas (sadly, not the Longhorns, but the Comets). I hold a Master's Degree from the University of Colorado in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. The first time I graduated from college, I was pregnant with my first son; the second time I graduated was WITH my son! I am currently in pursuit of obtaining a National Board Certification with one component of four completed (the rest will be completed in this upcoming school year).
I was born in New Jersey, but am a Colorado girl. After my husband graduated from college, we moved to Texas (both boys are Texans by birth--Coloradoans at heart!). Except for our time in Texas, and my time in Ethiopia, I've been in Colorado since I was in third grade.
I am recovering from bilateral knee replacement so this past summer was spent rehabbing and just taking it easy--which is not easy for me! I am excited for my second year at O'Dea! Prior to O'Dea, I spent three years teaching in Ethiopia and was blessed to be able to travel around the world; I am fascinated by other cultures. My husband is a runner, and I am a good supporter, so wherever he has a marathon, I follow--which I did this summer (I finally got to see Seattle--which is where the picture above was taken--I'm enjoying a unique coffee drink from a Starbucks Reserve Roastery)! You'll always see me with a book (Kindle) in my hands. My hobbies include reading, baking, cooking, exercising, watching movies and shopping. :-)
I have two:
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it's stupid." Albert Einstein
"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln
This is a hard one to answer because there are so many...I currently have over 300 books on my Kindle.
Kids books--in no particular order:
"The Man Who Loved Clowns"--June Rae Wood
"The Giving Tree"-- by Shel Silverstein
"Freak the Mighty"--Rodman Filbrick
"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"--Avi
One of my favorite "adult" books is called "Cutting for Stone". If you haven't read it, you must.
DENVER BRONCOS!!!...and anyone who beats the Patriots!
As a general education teacher, I teach everything...and love it all...BUT...I love reading aloud! You'll find I like to sing and dance while teaching and I've been known to throw down some raps for math!
You will find that in the "Fenn"tastico classroom you're part of a special community. We support and respect one another and hold ourselves (myself included) accountable for our actions. We may sometimes get discouraged, and that's OK!! Expectations are high--and we all succeed...and we'll be having FUN in the process (plus, I think I'm hilarious). I can promise you will love grade five!