Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
I chose education because I'm a people person who loves working with kids (and now kids in adult bodies).
What or who most inspires you?
I'm inspired by my own children. It's been a journey, but worth every mile.
After I retired from 36 years of teaching middle school students, being a principal and curriculum director in the K-12 education system, I felt I still had more of the teacher in me with many years of experience to share. Being a curriculum specialist at Teachwell allows me to share my passion for kids along with a vast knowledge of teaching practices. I'm able to share my experiences that work with teachers and administrators around the state.
What keeps you motivated?
The relationships I've developed in so many schools – with so many passionate educators.
How do you hope to make a difference?
I hope to make a difference in helping teachers to get kids to think at a higher level. We are creating our future!
Goals for the future?
Continue helping as long as I'm needed, perfect my salsa recipe, and enjoy spending time with my family.
What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?
I taught middle school ELA and Social Studies in Centerville, SD and West Central for 25 years. I was the Hartford Elementary Principal and district Curriculum Director for West Central for 11 years. I have a BA and MA in elementary education with an emphasis in reading. I have an administrative endorsement and I'm just shy of my Curriculum Specialist degree.
What is the one thing you would like people to know about you?
I grew up without women's sports in high school. I did walk on and play basketball in college, plus I played softball until I was 50. I've also played coed volleyball for many years. I think team sports is a lot like working in a school. We need to be a team of educators, because if we don't work together, we'll lose and so will the kids.