I have known since I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. Since then, I have worked hard to achieve that goal, receiving my BA in Elementary Education in 2008 and my Masters in Reading in 2015. I have been a part of the HBS community for the past ten years. To be able to work in a school that has welcomed me as a part of a higher learning community, taught me about the type of teacher I am, and given me the opportunity to pass on my passion to my students and future teachers is my dream job.
Throughout my years at HBS, I have taught at some capacity in every grade level. As a classroom teacher, I have taught in 2nd grade, 5th grade and now 3rd grade. I feel it is essential to create a community of respect and acceptance to allow my students to explore comfortably taking risks and making mistakes. One thing you would hear every day in my classroom is the encouragement to feel comfortable making mistakes as they lead to learning! I also strive to incorporate fun into every day in my classroom; I truly believe that students will remember what they learned if they are applying that learning in a game or activity that they genuinely enjoy.
One of my favorite subjects to teach is STEAM. Our children need to be prepared for their future, and technology continues to grow at a fast pace. We need to equip our students to be able to function in this technological world, and exposing students at a young age to the type of thinking required when completing STEAM challenges and activities will only help them when this type of technological learning gets more involved.
Overall, it is my goal to instill a love of learning in each of my students. Seeing their excitement while learning is the best reward, and I get to look at this every day here at HBS!