I graduated from Manti HIgh School in Manti, Utah, and was proud to be a Manti Templar. I participated in choir, drill team, and several school clubs. My experiences there were wonderful, and was a great foundation for my education in the future!
I got my Associate in Arts at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, as a music major. I enjoyed many wonderful experiences in music and musical theatre while there.
In December of 2011, I got my Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and my teacher certificate at Western Governor’s University.
Associate of Arts – Snow College
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education – Western Governor’s University
I attend “Beat the Heat” at Region 13 every summer. It is a conference for those that work with students with cognitive disabilities. I also attend a Special Education Conference at Region 12 every summer.
I started teaching at Troy Elementary in the fall of 2015, and have been here since, and I’m not going anywhere. I worked as a Special Education paraprofessional at Troy Elementary in the 2010-2011 school year while I was working on my teacher certification. In the 2011-2012 school year, I did my student teaching at Troy Elementary. I worked in another district for the first three years of teaching, and then was delighted to return to Troy Elementary, which is my second home. I love it here! My students range from 2nd grade to 5th grade, and I teach them all subjects.
In the 2012-2013 school year, I accepted a position as Life Skills teacher at McGregor Elementary in McGregor ISD. I worked there for my first three years of teaching, and I really learned a lot about Special Education from that job. This put me steps ahead of where I was when I started, and so I was much more knowledgable about what my responsibilities were as a Special Education teacher when I returned to Troy Elementary. I have enjoyed creating a program here that works for my students.
Previous to my teaching job at McGregor Elementary, I worked as a Special Education paraprofessional at several school districts. These experiences taught me that I had a passion for the work, and led me down the path to teaching. I love what I do!
I married my wonderful husband, Keith, in 2005. I have two wonderful children, a boy and a girl, and two stepdaughters. I also have two grandaughters and a grandson. All of our children are grown up and on their own, and live in the states of Utah, Wyoming, and Georgia.
We have one pet, our dog, CoCo, who is also a therapy dog in my classroom.
There are many things that I love to do in my spare time. I love to read, and especially enjoy historical fiction. Hiking is a passion of mine! In fact, when I lived in Grand Teton National Park, I averaged 100-150 miles every summer. My husband and I are in the process of developing land, which we will move to soon. We plan on having chickens, cows, horses, and a large garden. I love taking my dog, CoCo, for walks, and giving her the opportunity to fill her role as therapy dog. I also enjoy doing cross-stitch.