Welcome to our class! I look forward to working alongside with you in guiding your child through the world that is 2nd grade!
A little bit about myself:
I was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.A. in English and did my graduate work in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at Cornell University. I received my teaching credential in 1999 from the UC Davis/CSUS Collaborative Program. I began my teaching career in Roseville, teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades and came to Westlake in 2007 where I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. I was honored to receive "Teacher of the Year" in 2013 and have been chasing the ever-elusive "Mom of the Year" recognition (which I am realizing may just not be in the cards...)
I love to travel and have visited our East coast states, Western states (including Hawaii), England, Italy, France, Monaco, Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines. I am married and have 2 children who, like my students, keep me on my toes and inspire me everyday. I love family and friend time, keeping physically active, reading, writing, cooking, and baking.
I am passionate about writing instruction across the curriculum and making innovative changes to math instruction. I want my students to see themselves as citizens of the world and as thinkers, doers, and kind collaborators. I strive to cultivate a classroom of respectful community members who appreciate and help support each others' learning styles and temperaments.
My hope for this year continues to be to embrace a growth mindset in the realm of technology in education and to instill in my students a growth mindset in their academics and social behavior, emphasizing good character steeped in Westlake’s Core Values.