Parents and students, this is your opportunity to learn a little bit about me. I began teaching at St. George in 2006 and many of you have had the opportunity to get to know me. I love teaching and learning new things. I especially love teaching at St. George. In my spare time, I also enjoy gardening, golf, and spending time with my family. My husband and I live on a farm in Berger. God has blessed up with the opportunity to nurture many animals, crops, two children, and now our grandchildren.
I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Education (certifications in math, physics & computer science). In 1992, I graduated from Maryville University with a Masters Degree in Gifted Education. I also attended Lindenwood University and received my certification in Administration. I taught for twelve years at Union High School and for thirteen years in the Rockwood School District before retiring from the public school system.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Children have a great curiosity about their world. As a teacher, I embrace the opportunity to nurture that curiosity. When a child enters my classroom, I want them to experience a sense of wonder, to be filled with questions and curiosity, and I want to instill in them a desire to discover the answers to those questions.
I believe my students can reach outstanding heights in fulfilling their potential when parents, students, and I work as a team. Communication is the key to the success of that team. Teaching is not easy for me, nor would I ever want it to be. The challenge and the demands make it all the more exciting. In the end, I hope that I can instill the thrill and excitement of learning in all my students. Regardless of what details of a unit they may remember, I consider my greatest successes those students who tell me they have learned to think rather than memorize, to question rather than just answer, and to express curiosity rather than conformity.
To quote Ernest Boyer, “Good teaching means that faculty, as scholars, are also learners.”