I have been a teacher for a very long time: this is my 25th year in the classroom!
My kids and stepkids are all grown up, ranging in age from 20-31. My husband and I have four rescue dogs that we enjoy walking and playing with every day.
I have bachelor's degrees in education and allied medical professions (occupational therapy) along with a master's degree in teacher leadership.
I love teaching German, because knowing another language opens so many exciting doors in life! I also find learning about other cultures fascinating. I love teaching health, because it keeps ME learning about all the ways I can keep myself healthy in the long run.
My favorite book is How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger. It was a life-changing book for me, and I refer to it often. In general, if I choose a book, it is non-fiction. If I am going to read fiction, it is to learn something about someone different from me; for example, I recently read Symptoms of Being Human, which is about a gender-fluid teenager.
I am an avid dog walker with my husband, and also enjoy knitting and gardening. My garden this summer features a LOT of greens, and I've been eating kale and collard greens almost daily in one form or another.
My classroom is a safe space for learning and sharing. I value the voice that each person brings to class, and I love to learn each day alongside my students. The day I don't learn something new is a wasted day of life. And life is too precious to waste even one day!