I am a teacher, nature-lover, loyal friend, devoted daughter, fun-loving adventurer, and occasional goofball. Born and raised in central Florida, I live in Georgia now with my dog Neko.
Growing up, my family always had me pegged as a teacher. My love for children, zest for life, and desire to help others must have given it away. I’ve now been a middle school educator for nearly 20 years. Ten of those years I taught eighth-graders and loved every minute of it! I admire kids’ humor, their creativity, and their quest to find out who they are. Even on the hardest days, I reminded myself what it was like to be an adolescent and used that empathy to help reach my students better. I think the traits that make me a successful teacher are very similar to those that will make me a great mom including patience, humor, compassion, and curiosity.
I now teach future teachers at the university level and relish the opportunity to help raise the next generation of great teachers. Luckily, I spend a great deal of time at a local middle school, so I’m still in close contact with the world of kids. I am grateful that my career affords me a very flexible schedule. I set my own schedule which will be tremendously helpful when I become a mom. I’m lucky to have a dream job that will allow me to provide the best life I can for a child.
Throughout my life I have been driven by a deep commitment to social justice and equality. Just as I work to help future teachers see how they can contribute to making the world a more just place, I plan to raise a future daughter or son who will be open-minded and embrace differences. I want them to be mindful of what they can say or do to promote kindness and fairness, whether it’s in the sandbox or in their future work environments.
All that said, I also know how to have a good time! Laughter plays a big role in my life (often laughing at myself), and I love any opportunity I get to hang out with my family, friends, and their kids. I truly look forward to providing a joyful home for a child.