I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I formally began that journey at Carleton College in Minnesota, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and minored in Educational Studies.  After Carleton, I went to Boston University and received my Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  I taught 3rd grade in Chelsea, MA until my husband and I relocated to southern New Hampshire.

In southern New Hampshire, I taught 1st and 4th grade, and also chaired our District Curriculum Committee.  I also coached Varsity softball and JV basketball.  During that time, I continued to pursue my own formal education, and I have completed 30 credits of a Master’s in Educational Leadership.  I am a certified Curriculum Administrator, and I am incredibly passionate about effectively integrating technology in the classroom.  I have participated in pilot studies on the Flipped Classroom and Google Nexus tablets, and have presented at the Christa McAuliffe Conference twice.  This year, I am an Open Ed Ambassador for Granite State College.  My favorite part about the field of education is that the learning never stops!

Currently, I stay at home with my son Ryan (2) and my daughter Kelsey (1), who keep me plenty busy!  I am part of Granite State College’s Field Placement Faculty, so I am the “human connection” to our online SOE students’ clinical courses.  For me, FPF has granted me the best of both worlds – I am able to stay at home with my kids, but still observe and be a part of the amazing things that are happening in schools.  I teach Statistics and College Algebra at a local community college, and I stay involved with another passion – coaching – by giving pitching lessons to middle and high school athletes.  In my “free time” (!) I love to read, stay active outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.