Hello! This my third year in third grade at Werner Elementary; and I love 3rd graders! I was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan where everyone I knew worked at the University of Michigan. In 6th grade, after reading about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. I studied Elementary and Special Education at Michigan State University and spent my early years as a teacher in the western suburbs of Chicago. I soon realized that I needed more education to serve my students better, so I moved to Nashville, Tennessee where I went to George Peabody College for Teachers. After earning my Master’s degree, I taught in St. Louis, and then in the rural area south of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) in Minnesota. During the last 20 years, I completed my doctoral degree and worked in teacher education at the University of Northern Colorado and at Colorado State University. In all of these adventures it has been my work with public schools that I have treasured the most. I suspect that you may have many questions to ask me about the sort of teacher I am. I want you to know that I value partnerships and know that great schooling experiences happen when we all work together toward a common goal, when we support each other, and when we share what we know with each other. I know that I will be a much better teacher for your child if you and I become a team to support your child. I can’t wait to get to know you! I want to make 3rd grade a great experience for your child. I plan to create a classroom community that is safe and respectful of everyone, and where students are supported and challenged to grow and learn. We will have high expectations about what we are learning, but we also will have fun while we are working together.