The classroom has taken many forms throughout my teaching journey. From the Redwoods to the Ponderosas, from circle tables to straight rows, from English as the first language to English as a foreign language, the one constant has been my passion to inspire awe and wonder, connection and community, growth and discovery.
The focus of my undergrad was early adolescent development -- knowledge of the child, the center, and the content of the curriculum, the fuel. My first years were in Santa Monica, California teaching middle school humanities, followed by time in China teaching English and studying Chinese. I also received my Masters in Cross Cultural Communications and TESOL at that time. When I returned back to the States, I swooned at my future husband's silly camp songs (ask Ben about the Short Neck Buzzard) and we found ourselves moving to Prescott to work together in Outdoor Education.
Four years and four babies later (all current Skyview students), our family had been established, and it was back to the classroom for three years at other charter schools here in Prescott.
For me, Skyview is like coming home, as a teacher to the 6th grade. I am excited to work with such a vibrant, caring community and be entrusted with the hearts and minds of such a special treasured developmental age. I look forward to the year ahead, come what may, and the songs that will be sung. (I'll even sing the one about the buzzard for you, upon request!