What is your history with DWS? I started teaching at DWS in 2005 as a first grade teacher. My children attend Deerfield now and are in 3rd grade and 1st grade.
Why did you choose to become a teacher? I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I used to play "school" with my dolls and books! When I went to college, I started out as an accounting major and it did not take long for me to change majors and begin education classes. I had many teachers over the years who had a meaningful impact on my desire to become a teacher. One of those special ladies was my 1st grade teacher, and I was fortunate enough to teach next door to her for several years!
What is the best part about being a DWS Knight? There are SO many best parts that it is hard to narrow it down to just one! Being part of a school that is welcoming and loving is wonderful and being part of the school family is a blessing! I've seen our school community do so many wonderful things for our own people as well as those outside of our school. I am proud to call myself a Deerfield-Windsor Knight and love knowing my girls are growing up in this environment!
What is your philosophy on education and teaching? Teaching young minds is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is a task that is also full of excitement, wonder, and joy. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. It is my duty to see that all my students are being motivated so they can reach their full potential. I also want to create a classroom that is a safe learning environment where children feel confident and comfortable. Classroom organization is also a key factor in my classroom. Children know where to find things and how use the tools in our classroom to help them. I also believe that high energy levels and a positive attitude from the teacher are key elements to a successful learning environment.