Growing up in a large family I learned many lessons about loyalty, diplomacy, and friendship. I consider my sisters and brother my best friends. I worked my way through college as a purchaser for a local art store where all of the state's artists would buy their paints, brushes, and canvases. I met many wonderful, talented, and famous artists and developed a great appreciation for art in all of its forms. Although I enjoyed my job, I wanted to do more with my life and share my love of literature, so I became an English teacher and taught for eleven glorious years.
I graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 1992 with a BA in Secondary Education and then graduated with honors from Colorado State University's Master of Education and Principal Licensure Program in 2017.
The greatest joy of teaching is, of course, learning about and from all the students. It's a life altering experience.
I have so many favorite books, too many to list here, so I'll only mention a few. One of my favorite authors is William Shakespeare. I've read and studied all of Shakespeare's work and have taught many of his plays to high school students. No matter how many times his work is read, something new can be learned. One of my favorite libraries is the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. which is home to the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare. John Steinbeck's East of Eden is a great favorite that I've read several times, and I've had the good fortune to read all of his other novels as well. Another favorite novel is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
I enjoy gardening, landscape design, the study of plants and their medicinal properties, reading, collecting old books, writing, listening to choral music, analyzing literature, watching Cary Grant movies, and flipping houses.
In 2016, I came to Lincoln Middle School to complete a principal internship under the guidance of Principal Penny Stires who I met when she came to speak to my CSU principal cohort class. Of all the principals who came to speak to the cohort class that day, she exemplified the kind of integrity, passion, and dedication I was looking for in a mentor, so I was thrilled by the opportunity to intern with her. I was equally impressed with the whole administrative team (the dream team) and learned a great deal from all of them. I had just been interning for a couple of weeks, when I was having an interesting conversation with Assistant Principal Ryan Thompson who told me that "Educators don't choose Lincoln...Lincoln chooses you." I never forgot what Ryan said to me on that day, and each day thereafter I was reminded of his words as I watched the more than dedicated faculty (the chosen ones) make a tremendous difference in students' lives. On any given day, it's an extraordinary sight to behold the talented teachers and staff at Lincoln support and educate each and every student. Anyone walking through the front doors at Lincoln can feel the uplifting energy and love that resides within the hearts of all who devote their lives to the Lancers. I'm not sure if Lincoln chose me or if I chose Lincoln, but nothing gives me greater pleasure than serving Lincoln's intelligent, compassionate, and spirited students. It's an honor to now be a Lancer!
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." ~ Jonathan Swift
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"Don't rush the seasons." ~ my mom
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt." ~ William Shakespeare
"Keep the Faith" ~ Michael Geissler, my dearest friend
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Language Arts, grades nine through twelve, all ability levels.