Although I grew up in a rural community in northern Illinois, my teaching career of 27 years began, and once again continues, in San Antonio, TX. I earned my B.S. in Early Childhood Education at Illinois State University and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction at Houston Baptist University. I’ve had varied experiences teaching Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade in Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin in both a charter and in public schools. It is through continuing education, professional development, attending conferences, and encouraging administrators that I’ve gained the knowledge and experiences for my two most recent positions teaching STEM to elementary students, including piloting the program at John Hoffmann Elementary in 2019. It has been incredibly rewarding seeing students take risks, ask questions, engage in collaboration, practice STEM fluency skills, and explore potential future careers.
Over my years as a professional, I have been honored to present at several conferences including the Texas Computer Education Association conference, the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, and the Space Exploration Educators Conference. I was honored to be selected as the John Hoffmann Elementary Teacher of the year, the Colby Glass Elementary Teacher of the Year, and a nominee for the Teacher of the Year in Catalina Foothills School District. I was also selected as one of 10 teachers to participate in the Teacher Study Abroad Program to China in 2008. I served as the Co-Director of Mission 6 & 7 of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program for Northside ISD, from which one group of our students were chosen to participate in the White House Science Fair in 2015.