Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
My career has transformed over the years. From teaching pre-school, special education, day treatment and children’s mental health work to the present work with Teachwell Transitions. I enjoy working with challenged people and assisting others in bettering their lives.
What or who most inspires you?
Mother Theresa! She was truly a living saint who loved and inspired people. She sought to serve the poor and the destitute of the world. This one little woman lived her life serving others and made a huge difference in the world, but also was a great example of humility. One of her quotes inspires me each day: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Teachwell fell into my lap as my husband and I were in transition and moving to Sioux Falls. With the 2015-16 school year already in motion I began the search. Teachwell was looking to fill a position – and the rest is history. I am thrilled to be working in this environment with awesome programs and extremely dedicated coworkers.
What keeps you motivated?
I would not be lying if I said: “Coffee and chocolate”….but I truly am motivated by student’s smiles, personalities and their everyday successes! Positive praise and laughter is also a motivator in my world and work.
What is the one thing you would like people to know about you?
I believe that teaching is much more than teaching skills – I approach the classroom with discovering character and perusing and developing each individual student’s needs, gifts, talents and abilities. I take what I do very seriously and at the end of each day I address and celebrate the student’s successes of that day. There is a compliment waiting for us every day – and in my classroom setting we discover them!