I have been teaching since 1988 - the majority of those years have been at Paddock. I have taught every grade from kindergarten through 6th grade. While I love them all, multiage is my favorite because I get to spend more than one year with my students. I live in Milan with my husband Kurt, my son Konrad, and our dog Libby. My favorite part of the day is reading with kids. I spend a lot of my time outside of school doing church activities, cooking and cleaning. I enjoy all of those activities most of the time.
I started being a Foster Grandmother in 2004. I've always volunteered in the Milan schools, beginning when my own children were students. I remember Mr. Stanley, Mrs. VanVeelen, and Ms. Tetens from years ago. I love reading, people, and I love going door to door talking with people about my faith - I'm a Jehovah's Witness. I love being with all of my MaP kids- we eat lunch together every day. A big "Hello" to all of my MaP kids - those at Paddock and those that have moved on to Symons!
I began teaching at Paddock Elementary School in 1998. I am a National Board Certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in science teaching. I was also a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching in 2008. I love teaching and learning in the Multiage classrooms. Some of my favorite parts of the school day are Writer's & Reader's Workshop time & recess! I love learning new things and spending time outdoors. I hike, camp, read, walk my dog, listen to music,travel, and spend time with my friends and family. This photo was taken in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia - the Paddock community donated over 170 pounds of children's books and I got to deliver the books to all of the children! I also had the privilege of teaching the pedagogy students as well as some of the university professors about Reader's Workshop.