Upon graduating from Purdue University in 1985, I left the frigid winters of the Midwest to teach in sunny and warm San Antonio, Texas. I taught First and Third grade while there. Falling in love with the rich culture and diverse student population and community, I pursued graduate studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio to receive my ESL certification. I dreamed of traveling the world to help others learn the English language, while learning about various cultures. When my husband I married, we moved to Augusta, Georgia where I taught Fifth grade. Quickly blessed with three lovely daughters, I chose to put those former dreams on hold, to fulfill the dream of being home to raise them. That season of life was fleeting, but brought a deeper understanding to the level of commitment needed by all to unite families with the school and community.
I began teaching ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) at Frederick Douglass Elementary in February of 2014. I spent 2 1/2 years at FDES, where I instructed students in Kindergarten - Fourth Grade. In 2016, the inaugural year of John Kerr Elementary on Meadbow Branch Avenue, I began teaching with a fabulous team of ESOL teachers. Among the four of us, we collaborate with our students’ classroom teachers in grades K- 4 to help our students progress both academically and socially. One-third of our student population at JKES are English Language Learners. I am currently working exclusively with Kindergarten in an Intensive ESOL program known as KESOL. It brings tremendous joy to my heart to help children learn the English language, allowing them to gain confidence that they can achieve their goals and dreams. I learn so much from them!
On a personal note, I treasure time with my family and friends. My daughters are now adults and they inspire me daily to continue to pursue my dreams and reach new goals. I have 5 incredible grandchildren that keep life filled with adventure.
Dreams do come true! I have traveled to Honduras, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Sydney, Australia, and most recently, Uganda, Africa. In late August 2016 , I spent 12 days in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda with the beautiful people, mostly widows and orphans, of war torn South Sudan. My experience there has expanded my heart and passion for people immeasurably, and it overflows into my classroom.