I came to teaching later in life and I like to say that "Kindergarten found me!" I had worked as a paralegal right out of college, with thoughts of attending law school, but decided to leave the work world after our second child was born. I stayed at home for three years and then began to slowly integrate myself back into work with various part time jobs. I found that the job I loved the most was working with middle school and junior high youth. After 6 years I decided to pursue my second career as a teacher. I attended a 2-year program at City University where I earned my teaching certificate and a Masters degree in Teaching. My intent was to teach at the middle school level, but fell in love with kindergarten during one of my internships. The rest as they say, "is history"!
This is now my eighth year of teaching. I spent my first two years in the Everett School District where I taught kindergarten and first grade. I changed to Northshore in 2011 and worked as a substitute teacher in various grade levels. I came to Cottage Lake Elementary in 2012 and have enjoyed teaching the All-Day kindergarteners. I am thrilled to be a part of the Cottage Lake family and look forward to another fabulous year!
I love my family as much as I love teaching and have been married to my husband Matt for 29 years. He is a teacher as well, and is beginning his 25th year of teaching. He teaches 5th grade at Crystal Springs in Bothell. We made our home in Snohomish and have (mostly) raised two sons. Nick is 23 and graduated last year from Western Washington University with a BS in Math and a minor in Chemistry. Jeremy is 21 and also attends WWU where he is thinking about a major Computer Science. Our house is much quieter these days, although Western is only an hour away and we do enjoy Jeremy's spontaneous visits home to wash clothes and stock up on groceries.
Please know how much I enjoy being a part of your child's kindergarten experience as well as working with you to help them achieve their full potential!
You are welcome to contact me anytime. Email is the best and easiest way to reach me, as I check it several times a day. You may also call the classroom, but if I am teaching I most likely will not be able to answer the phone. I will check messages and do my best to respond to your questions or connect back with you as soon as I can.