My childhood dream ever since I was a little girl playing “school” with my dolls and best friend was to be a teacher. I loved the books and papers, writing on the chalkboard and most of all, my first teacher, Miss Vanderau.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Butler University and added my first teaching license in secondary Social Studies the following year. Nestled between those two accomplishments was my marriage to my husband, Ron (also a happy Center Grove employee). Years later, my special needs son, Zachary, arrived and I learned that I could dream new dreams . He would become my inspiration to return to my studies at Butler to earn a K-12 special education teacher’s license. Like many teachers, my commitment to be a lifelong learner and dedication to a professional education, became the impetus in obtaining a Master of Science in Effective Teaching and Leadership focusing on educational research, pedagogical theory and implementation, and scholarship.
Being a special needs parent uniquely positions me, I think, to partner with parents to help their special needs child prepare for and face challenges in pursuit of his/her academic and social goals. Together we reach for the shared goals for every Center Grove student to achieve his/her highest potential while we develop knowledgeable, confident and responsible citizens.
It is a pleasure to collaborate with other teachers, whether special ed or gen ed, whose goal it is to build a community of learners and to support the success of all students. Autism advocate, Dr. Temple Grandin said it best: “There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.”Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.EducationBA PsychologyMS Education/Effective Teaching and LeadershipSecondary Teaching License/Social StudiesMild Interventions Special Education License