Welcome to First Grade!
I am so excited to be your student's teacher this year! This will be my first year teaching in the Oak Harbor School District - the very same district where I attended K-12. I have experience teaching a variety of elementary grade levels, from kindergarten to fifth grade. First grade is a year of tremendous growth both academically and socially/emotionally - I am honored to be a part of your student's growth and look forward to building a strong learning foundation that will successfully support them through their remaining school years.
After graduating from Oak Harbor High School in 2001, I pursued a business degree and a college soccer career at the University of Washington and was lucky enough to continue to play for the Seattle Sounders Women's Team for eight seasons. After my college and playing days came to an end, I pursued a career in law and worked as an attorney for over ten years before once again attending the University of Washington for teaching. After changing careers, I moved with my family to a small farm in Oak Harbor. I am married to a firefighter and we love living life and raising our children on this beautiful island!
In my classroom, every student is heard, valued, and engaged, and is encouraged each day to explore, discover, ask questions, and laugh! School should be a place not only to learn, but a place to experience joy! The mantra "joy over perfection" guides my daily teaching style as the students and I build and grow together in our learning community. In addition to being a Hillcrest teacher, I am also a Hillcrest parent. As such, I understand the importance of fostering a collaborative relationship with families in order to best support students.
This is going to be a great year!