My first teaching job was in first grade in St James, MN in 1977. I also taught various grades in both Mountain Lake and Winona, MN. I have taught sixth grade at Loyola Catholic School since 2000.
My post-graduate courses have included classroom management, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, teaching the gifted child, reading disabilities, theater and biology. Since 2006 I have focused on expanding my history degree. I have been fortunate to have been accepted into several National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars studying immigration, the national Constitution, the Underground Railroad, the eastern textile mills, the Minnesota Iron Range and Fort Snelling. The seminars have taken me to universities and sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Minnesota where I have been fortunate to work with leading historians and other passionate and enthusiastic teachers from around the country.
Locally, I am involved in a three year program through the Teaching American History grant funded by the US Dept of Education. The purpose of this program is to increase content knowledge, instructional strategies and the understanding of traditional American history for teachers.
Loyola has given me the opportunity to be a part of a caring community focusing on putting God at the center of our lives. I am able to integrate religion into all that I teach, joining life, learning and faith. It has been said that the reason many people go into teaching is to vicariously re-experience the primary joy they felt the first time they learned something they loved. I have enjoyed growing and learning alongside my students. My hair might be turning grayer but the kids keep my soul young!
I am the faculty advisor to the Kiwanis Builders Club, a grade 6-8 group fostering character- building through service to others.
My hobbies include reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, boating, and spending time with my husband, children and granddaughter.
Attended: Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota
Degree: degrees in history and education
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ~Pearl Buck
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life. ~William Osler
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children~ Native American Proverb