I have always had a passion for learning and education. My grandma was a first-grade teacher, and she helped me develop a love of books when I was just a little girl. That love of learning and reading has continued to this day.
As I progressed through school, learning was second nature to me, but I didn’t take the easy road. If a teacher gave extra credit assignments, I did them even if I didn’t need them (Yes, I was that student! ☺). Because I went to a small school in Idaho, many of the advanced math courses were not offered, but I convinced the math teacher that I needed to take them on my own during her prep hour so that I could get them before I went to college. I had that thirst for knowledge that couldn’t be quenched.
I attended BYU-I (which was Ricks College at the time) where I received my Associates Degree. I then attended BYU where I graduated with my Bachelors Degree.
My husband, Steve, and I have four beautiful children who mean the world to me and have helped my love of learning grow by leaps and bounds as I have helped them learn and discover new things.
When my oldest was a baby, I decided to stay at home and be a mom. Staying home wasn’t easy for me. I needed to keep doing something, so I did preschool in my home when she was old enough. I taught piano lessons in my home when she was old enough. And, when my baby entered Kindergarten, I started substituting full-time at my kids’ school so that I could be with them but still be teaching children.
Seven years ago, I made the jump to Lincoln Academy as a Teaching Assistant. I have been teaching 6th grade here at Lincoln Academy for three of those years, and I am very excited for this opportunity. Middle School is an amazing time in life. Students are eager and able to do many things that they have never done before. They can grasp new concepts and handle more responsibilities.
I know that students can learn and do anything. The sky is the limit! But, not everything will come easily to every student. We can all help each other to succeed because we all come with different talents to offer. If students learn to work hard and also learn that work can be fun and rewarding, they will succeed! I love watching and helping students to learn and seeing that “AHA” moment when things finally click. I am a firm believer in the power of reading, and I know that students who love to read can go anywhere in life! I look forward to working with you and your students this year!