I have lived in Southeast Portland for about seven years now. My roots go back to rural New York, where I was raised, and Indiana, where I attended a small college called Earlham. If you visited me at home, I would give you a tour of my gardens, chicken coop, and wood-shop.
I do like to spend time around the house working on projects and cooking healthy food, but I also love leaving the city and exploring our beautiful state. Lately, I have been learning to whitewater kayak on the Clackamas River.
I have been teaching fourth grade at Willamette Primary for six years now. Before that, I received my teaching certificate from Lewis and Clark College. Working with children has been a life long interest of mine. I started working at my first summer camp in rural New York in 1997, and I have worked with children or teenagers every year since then. One of my favorite jobs was leading backpacking, canoeing and rock climbing trips with teens in the mountains of Virginia. I also loved teaching middle schoolers about science at an outdoors school in the California redwoods.
As a teacher I put great effort into making learning meaningful for my class. I know that children learn best when they care about a subject. Some ways that I try to engage children are by making learning social, giving students challenges, bringing in stories or mysteries, connecting art with content, and offering hands-on projects.
If you have any questions about me or my classroom, please make a comment below, or email me.