I received a Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing and a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of South Florida. I am currently enrolled to pursue my Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
I have been a fourth grade teacher for four years. During the last three years, I have taught math, science and writing. Prior to teaching, I worked in the insurance and marketing industry. I left the corporate world when I wasn't happy with the "daily grind" that left me drained and unfulfilled at the end of the day. I knew I wanted to do something that bettered the lives of others. Teaching is by far the hardest task I have encountered, but the rewards at the end of most days are priceless.
I would not trade my corporate experience for anything. I believe this gives me an advantage as a teacher because I know exactly what skills students need to be successful citizens once they reach adulthood. Daily I embed age appropriate life skills that will start preparing students for the real world.
My fourth grade classrooms have consisted of a variety of learners on multiple levels - ranging from first to fifth grade. I have a special education co-teacher in the classroom when I am teaching math and writing to assist in differentiating the core instruction for students' needs.
I am originally from the South Florida area. I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and currently teach in the surrounding community that I grew up in. What can I say, I love my family too much to leave them!
I am married to my best friend, Dan, who is the most understanding man I know. As some of you may know, teaching takes a massive amount of time from your personal life. Without complaint, Dan knows what it means to me and lets me take all the time I need. We do not have any animals because I am allergic, but we do like English Bull Dogs. Dan is a huge college football fan and because he is from Alabama, I have to be a Crimson Tide supporter too.
I love watching documentaries - Especially topics dealing with health, the US judicial system and education. I read mostly nonfiction and the occasional realistic fiction. I love elephants and the color pink. I want to travel and see most of the world. If I had a choice, I would be alongside the ocean all day. I enjoy running and being outdoors.