I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Dallas 30 years ago. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education, M. S. Ed in Reading and Language Arts, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Post Graduate coursework has included Texas Women’s University for ESL courses, and SMU for Dyslexia training. I have taught K, 1st, 2nd, mixed age, ESL, and pull out reading programs.
This year I will be managing our library. We have moved into the digital age with bar codes and scanning. It will take a while but eventually the whole library will be digitized. I have lots of fun things planned for the year! Be on the lookout for Library happenings!
On a personal note I love the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. I am a devoted follower of all things Pittsburgh. In my spare time I read, cook, swim, garden and follow my teams.
Philosophy of Education
I believe in the importance of education and that it is the only tool to real success in life. It always changes lives for the better and has an impact on one’s life as a person and a citizen giving them the ability to choose their own future. Education does not always happen in the classroom, but can happen anywhere in life when we seek to improve, learn new things and increase our knowledge and skills. As an educator I aspire to inspire students to love education and learning as a way of life. Not only do I teach the fundamentals, but I help them visualize the possibilities and take steps toward fulfilling their potential.
Although well planned, my teaching style encompasses, teachable moments, a high level of energy and enthusiasm and engaging activities. Laughter is always encouraged as it enables students to learn to laugh at themselves and it makes mistakes a learning opportunity for students. This teaching style has enabled me to connect with my students and further my influence on their learning outcomes. Connecting with my students also allows me to create lesson plans and activities that are integrating their interests.
Not only do I encourage my students to love learning, I model that attitude and always look for opportunities to learn new concepts and skills that will improve my teaching and my life in general. I am not only inspired by formal education opportunities, but also by the little events that might be overlooked, such as observing a peer, or even learning from my students. Learning opportunities present themselves all around us every day, it is up to us to recognize them and receive them. I model this for my classes and hope my students, too, will become lifelong learners and remember my class as a time when they were engaged, cared for, and had fun learning.