I excited to be teaching 5th grade. I have just completed my 21st year teaching and my 17th year in Central Lake. I attended Central Michigan University where I earned a degree in elementary education with an emphasis on English and geography. I also have a Masters degree in Library Science from CMU. Before coming back home to northern Michigan, I taught 6th grade at Bullock Creek Schools in Midland for four years.
While in Central Lake I have taught 6th grade math, English and geography; 7th grade science, math, English and geography; 6th-8th grade drama and elementary library and gym. I taught 5th grade for the past 5 years.
My husband Matt (a CL graduate) and I have been married for 21 years. Our children also attend Central Lake Public Schools. We have a college sophomore, junior and a freshman. In 2014-15 we hosted a YFU exchange student from Germany, whom we now consider our 4th child, even though he lives very far away. Our house is also occupied by 2 Siamese cats (Frank and Pete) and Gryffin, our dachshund, and Cooper, our mixed breed tennis ball chaser.
Outside of school I enjoy geocaching and hiking with my family. At home you can often find me trying out a new recipe in the kitchen or reading a book. I especially enjoy literary fiction and mysteries. I also love to watch my kids participate in sports. I spend a lot of time watching soccer, skiing, cross country and track. If it's not too cold, you may even catch me up on the slopes! I also enjoy watching Bundesliga (German professional league) English Premier League soccer, Redwings hockey andTigers baseball.
I believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 231-544-5221 #316. I will also do my part by sending home a weekly newsletter to update you on what we have been doing in class as well as things that are up-coming, this newsletter will begin next week. For individual concerns, I will contact you by phone, send a note home, or email you if you care to share your email address with me.