I am so lucky to have such an incredible, supportive family! After I moved out to Colorado, my brother and parents followed me and they now live in Windsor. It is wonderful to have them so close!:) On September 29th, I will officially become Mrs. Hagen. I can't wait to marry the love of my life. My fiance and I are the proud parents of our 14 year old, toothless kitty, Harvey. We adopted her two years ago from the Larimer Humane Society, and we can't imagine our lives without her. We are also so excited to now be uncle and auntie to our 16 month old nephews, Otis and Ollie.
I graduated with my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University (go Rams!). This will be my fifth full year of teaching in Colorado, and I absolutely love being an O'Dea Owl!
I grew up in Encinitas, California (a small, beach town 30 minutes north of San Diego) and spent most of my childhood surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. I also played competitive, year-round softball until I graduated from high school.
I am energized when I am outside. I love spending time in the mountains hiking and camping. I am also a huge sports fan. I watch as many Rockies and Broncos games as I can! Traveling and reading are also very important to me. One of my favorite parts about living in Colorado is the change of seasons. I didn't have that growing up, so I have a huge place in my heart for Aspen trees in the Fall and snow activities (snowball fights, building snowmen, etc).
"You must always remember...you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Winnie the Pooh
I have too many favorites...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Giving Tree
I Need My Monster
Colorado Rockies! :) I'm a die-hard fan!
In our classroom, we learn that everyone is a friend and kindness and respect are priorities. As a class, we create a "class promise" together that outlines how we would like to be treated and what expectations we should all hold each other to. We strive to "fill each other's buckets" with love, praise, help, and hugs. Instead of our "classroom," we call it our home away from home, and we take care of it as such. In our class, we smile, laugh, persevere, have dance parties when needed, and learn and grow tremendously.