I have a passion for teaching and learning. In my 30 years of education I have held positions from teacher, interventionist, vice principal, principal, to college professor. As a teacher and then principal I was recognized for the marked progress my students made. I believe the remarkable growth was due to the knowledge and experience of interventions I could bring to my position, as well as the ability to collaborate and lead other talented learning specialists to make a difference in the lives of our students. Almost more important than any training or skill is the ability to connect with students and their families. I thrive on being able to develop these strong relationship with students so learning can take place.
To someone who is anxious about learning problems in schools, I would encourage them to look at their strengths as well as the areas of need. Everyone's brain works differently. It's important for students to find out how their brain works best. Once a teacher and student figure out this part of the puzzle, we can use strategies to build on the strengths the student has while learning ways to navigate the areas of learning that the student finds difficult. More than anything I think it's important for the student to understand that every brain is unique and the way they learn might not look like the way someone else learns, and that's okay.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two daughters, Mallory and Ellie. I enjoy volunteering at local schools working with teachers and students. When I am not at schools, I love taking long walks with our silver lab named Fergie or traveling to spend time with family. We live on the Chesapeake Bay, and in the warmer weather I love to catch crabs, or take the boat out for a ride.
Talk to someone who cares. We'll listen to what's going on with your child, discuss their needs, answer your questions, and start to develop a plan for growth.