Interventionist grades 6-8
I graduated from Circle High School and have lived in the Towanda-Benton-Augusta community all of my life. I graduated from Wichita State University, magna cum laude, with a BA in 1984. My master’s degree was earned at Kansas State University, in 2000, where four generations of my family have graduated. My teaching certificate states that I am “highly qualified in K-9 math, science, social studies, English, and elementary core.
I started working here in the fall of 2006, after serving as the gifted coordinator and instructor at Andover Middle School and High School for 2 years. My teaching certificate says I am “highly qualified to teach math, science, social studies and English”. So, what I teach varies from hour to hour, semester to semester, and year to year. I enjoy the variety.
I graduated from WSU in the fall of 1984 and started teaching in Wichita and Rose Hill.. Following that, I worked more than a decade, full-time, for Butler Community College doing a variety of things that included teaching math classes, helping students acquire their high school diplomas, directing the Andover ABE/GED Center, teaching ACT/SAT/ASVAB preparation classes, and serving as their adult literacy coordinator.
I have been teaching since 1984, and I am one of those lucky people who found a job that is a pleasure to go to. No matter how the day seems to be shaping up, I find myself smiling as soon as the kids start arriving. I have lived in the same farmhouse near Benton since my marriage in 1970 with my husband, Ted, kids who are now grown, and a long line of beloved dogs and cats. After staying home and raising my two sons to school age, I returned to college and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, magna cum laude, in 1984. Then, I taught middle school for 5 years and college classes for non-traditional learners for the next decade, during which I earned my master's degree at Kansas State University. In the meantime, my oldest son graduated from veterinary school, and my youngest son became a professional opera singer. I also worked for 2 years as the gifted education coordinator/instructor at Andover High School and Andover Middle School. So, my experience stretches from 1st grade through college and from struggling learners through gifted learners. Each and every one of those many students and experiences has taught me something that has made me a more well-rounded teacher. The State of Kansas has determined that I have earned "highly qualified" status in middle school math, science, social studies, English, and elementary core. My current position allows me to use my greatest strengths to help each child achieve. It is a privilege to work with this incredible group of teachers and under the leadership of Toby Ruder and Matthew Ward. The atmosphere that this group has created is positive, safe, and conducive to learning, We are all working together to help your child have the best educational experience possible.
My husband and I enjoy international travel. Stepping into and finding your way around other countries keeps us feeling that spirit of adventure. It is exhilerating to experience different cultures, foods, modes of transportation and sights. We travel domestically to see our son perform in operas around the country and to visit a granddaughter in KC and another in Texas. At home, we love spending time with our rescued American Staffordshire Terrier (pit bull), Chloe, and our whippet, Katie. They keep each other company during my busy days away from home. In my free time, I am an accomplished seamstress, knitter, and gardener. Those were important skills in the 50’s when I was growing up and schools made sure you learned them! My mother and both of my grandmothers were teachers. I have two aunts named Jane and both of them are teachers! My family is blessed with teachers!