Walnut Grove Elementary School
22.5 Years of Teaching; 20 Years at Center Grove
To me, teaching is important because...
To me, teaching is important because of the daily positive impact and influence you can have on your students, families, and community. Very early on, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I was the little girl playing “school” with my friends. This continued in high school when every summer I was a tennis instructor for kids ages 6-14 years old through NJTL. I have always had a passion for working with children and helping them find their own happiness and successes. When my years of experience began with teaching Special Education, I quickly connected with my students and realized the impact I could have in helping each of them achieve their goals and find their own interests and strengths. I also became connected with the families and wanted to help them work through the journey they were on with their child. Teaching is being present and connected to these students and families each day. Teaching is being involved with your colleagues and the community and giving back with each opportunity you are able. I refer to my classroom as “a family.” My students and co-workers know that each day we are going to work through the “highs and lows” together and support each other in an encouraging and nurturing way. The students know that they will come to school with each day being a “fresh start” and they will start their day with a hug and a smile. Lastly, we try to laugh, have fun, and enjoy all of our experiences together!