I grew up in a small town where both of my parents were teachers. I attended North Dakota State University. I caught the travel bug early after a backpacking trip through Europe. I taught middle school English in Minneapolis, MN and then spent four years teaching at international schools in Honduras and Mexico. I met my future husband, Mike, during my time abroad and we got married and made our first home at the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona where I taught at an IB school servicing the park's employees' children. We decided to volunteer at a school in Honduras one last time before we had our first child and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we were for the past seven years. Moving to Fort Collins gets me just a little bit closer to my family in North Dakota and will be a wonderful place to raise our children. Dawson is seven and Sam is four. When I interviewed at Lincoln, it seemed like all of my previous experience fit perfectly with what the school needed. I am determined to make that true. I am very glad to be here.
I have a Bachelor's degree from North Dakota Statue University in English Education and a minor in Biology. My Master's Degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from New Mexico Highlands University.
I always wanted a job where I would spend my time working for something that would make the world a better place. I don't think there is a more important job in the world than teaching. I love knowing that fact everyday when I enter my classroom. I love being able to flex my creative muscles as well as my analytical ones. I love reading and writing and teaching those passions to young people. But above all, I love the relationships that are at the heart of teaching. Bearing witness to students coming into being is a blessing, and I am honored to be a small part of each student's life.
Mo Willems is my favorite children's author - hands down. If you haven't read Elephant and Piggie or Knuffle Bunny, you are missing out! Pippi Longstocking and Little House on the Prairie were my favorites in elementary school. Books that I reread and love: The Island of the Blue Dolphin,The Pearl, The Giver and The Outsiders. I love the authors Anne Lamott and Barbara Kingsolver. And if you forced me to pick a favorite it would be Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Sense of community and belonging
"Live your life as if everything is rigged in your favor." - Rumi
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank
At Lincoln, I teach 6th grade Language & Literature.
I have taught PE, Design, AVID, and Seminar classes. I love English, but I love teaching even more!