I am happy to to be here at HTA! I have recently graduated with a Masters in Elementary Education and Certification from NAU. I come from a long line of educators in my family but it took me longer to join the "family business." I have always found get joy and fulfillment in being around and working with children. I have worked as a substitute in many districts, a para professional and instructional aide with Gilbert Pubic Schools and a PreK teacher in a private preschool.
My teaching philosophy can be summed up by these three phrases; model a growth mindset, respect the individual and expect the best. I believe in the concepts of a growth mindset and in my class we will focus and what it means to have a growth mindset verus a fixed mindset. I will also model and expect each member of my class to respect everyone. I believe that if high but obtainable expectations are set and clearly communicated then growth will occur.
Outside of school, I am a mother and grandmother with 2 1/2 grandchildren. My husband and I are empty nesters (for now) and enjoy traveling, biking and hiking together. I also love to cook and eat! I am excited to work with you this year!