About me I am a sixth-generation Colorado native. I grew up in Golden, where my family lived in the same home for my entire childhood, and I attended Jefferson County Public schools — from which …
I am a sixth-generation Colorado native. I grew up in Golden, where my family lived in the same home for my entire childhood, and I attended Jefferson County Public schools — from which both of my parents had also graduated, and where my first teaching job was. I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in early childhood development. I received my master's in English in 2012 from Fort Hays State University.
As a teacher
First-grade teachers have a the best job because of what we refer to as the “spring miracle.” The first seven months of the year are spent laying the groundwork and then in the spring, the children put it all together and blossom like the flowers outside. It was an incredible gift every year to be in their presence when they made the transition from being pre-readers to successful independent readers.
I also love teaching because each individual child needs a different approach to be successful, and as a teacher, I have to continually grow and try new strategies to help them.
Leading the local teachers union
I left the classroom in 2013 to join the office at the Douglas County Federation, and gradually became an elected leader, first vice president, and then in April of 2016, the president. I was re-elected as president in 2017. I wanted to work for the DCF because supporting teachers in their day-to-day work is an honor and a privilege. I especially love offering professional development and coaching to teachers and staff.
My son is a senior at Highlands Ranch High School. We like to hike together and I hiked my first fourteener this summer with him. My husband and I enjoy motorcycle riding and went to Mesa Verde on his Harley, where we met up with my parents and my niece and her family.
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