Degrees and Certifications:
Grade: 5th Grade
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education & Mathematics Endorsement
I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the 5th grade teacher of Johns Hill Magnet Elementary School. This is my fourth-year teaching at Decatur Public Schools. Prior to working at Johns Hill, I have worked at Dennis Lab, Hope Academy, and Hermes Elementary in Aurora, IL. In the past four years I have served as Head Coach for Elementary Cross Country and Assistant Coach for Track and Field. I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Batavia, Illinois. I completed my undergraduate at North Central College in Naperville and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Mathematics Endorsement. I will begin my Master’s in Educational Administration at Illinois State University in Fall of 2020. I look forward to introducing myself to all of you and the rest of the Johns Hill community.
I want you all to know that each of you are my number one priority. My goal is for all my 5thgraders at Johns Hill to love their school and to view JHMS as a safe place where they can take risks each day to become their very best. I have had great opportunities to work with students of all ages and my passion for teaching grows each year. I am thrilled that I get to be a part of this journey with you.
I am so excited to get to know more about each of you. I have a great passion for teaching, and I work hard to engage students in learning through high-energy and hands-on lessons. In addition, student relationships are very important to me. I believe in building strong, authentic relationships with all my students. I listen and invest in time getting to know them. I celebrate their accomplishments and acknowledge even the tiniest victories. I invest in my students because I know how much I needed someone to invest in me when I was their age. I look forward to learning about your families, all of your favorite things, hobbies, and interests and your goals.
When I am not teaching, I am an outdoor enthusiast and love skiing, hiking, running and working out, among many other outdoor sports. Additionally, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, watching University of Illinois football and basketball team, and traveling to different states and countries.