I am an 18 year education veteran, having taught middle school language arts and then gaining administrator experience pre-K to 12. My mission is to empower young people to gain the skills that they need to have self-confidence and reach their dreams. I have loved helping students realize that they are just as capable as others in growing academically.
As a middle school teacher, I worked on a team to increase reading scores for our district - and we were highly successful, raising district scores from the 50% level well into the 90% level within a few years. As a building principal in a new district, success was repeated with our teaching team and our school earned the Ohio Momentum Award for increasing achievement across multiple student categories.
Undergraduate Degree: Baldwin-Wallace College - Bachelor of Science, Education of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Graduate Degree: Ashland University - Master of Arts, Educational Administration
When I'm not working in education, I enjoy teaching yoga, and engaging in outdoor activities like walking, kayaking, and bicycling. Journaling and writing are a great way for me to release ideas and thoughts - someday I hope to finish a book for adolescents. Music has always been a passion, and although I am still somewhat of a novice, I play guitar, viola, and am learning Native American Flute. I am an enthusiastic pet owner with two dogs and two cats. And my best role is being grandma to my nine-month-old granddaughter.