In the 2014-15 school year, I was named the 2014-15 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year in the first week of school! Later in September, I participated in a panel-style interview and was named the 2015 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year! During the year, I participated in conferences with other State Teachers of the Year (STOYs) and even had the opportunity to meet President Obama at the end of April during a national recognition program. Over the summer, I had a blast (pun intended) at Space Camp for Educators with the other STOYs and some international teachers from around the globe. It was an incredibly busy year, but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Wisconsin's teachers. I'm honored to carry the title, 2015 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, into the future as a teacher, leader and learner.
Whitewater has been my home since I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1992. The faculty and support staff I work with are great! I really enjoy the fact that I've been here long enough to have taught entire families of siblings...I've not yet had children of former students, but Mrs. Pratt and Mr. Gomez were students of mine when I taught 6th grade - now they are my team members!
I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University in 1999. During my previous 24 years in the Whitewater Unified School District, I have taught in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. In the 2016-17 school year, I will teach Pre-algebra, and Algebra, in addition to being the Middle School math specialist. I am also a proud member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my family and my dogs. Rosie, our husky-shepard mix and our black lab puppy, Lily, love to join us outdoors. It is my goal to eventually hike in every National Park in the US. So far, I've been to Denali in Alaska, Glacier in Montana, Yellowstone and Grand Teton in Wyoming, Olympic in Washington, Acadia in Maine, Yosemite in California, Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee and I added Volcano National Park in Hawaii to the list this summer. I think there is nothing better than a challenging hike in the woods or mountains!
My classroom offers a cooperative learning environment in which student involvement is key. All students are expected to be active, respectful participants in their learning. Assistance is available daily through myself and peer groups in the classroom. I am also available for extra assistance before school beginning at 7:30, during guided study hall on Tuesday and Thursday, and after school by request. Please encourage your students to seek help when they need it!
High standards for effort and achievement are upheld for all students in our classroom. Students who participate, complete work on time, and prepare for tests will be able to achieve success. It is my belief that any student can be a successful math student!