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I grew up in Texas and graduated from Tom C. Clark High School (San Antonio, TX) in 1998 in the top 10% of my class.
In high school I discovered that I liked small communities - in particular because my graduating class was 600+ people. I applied to St. John's College because it was a small community and offered a program where students read original works and daily participated in discussion of these works.
St. John's College was the best educational experience for me and formed me into the person I am. It was at St. John's that I was able to explore all academic disciplines and decided to become a math and science teacher.
I was an intern with the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Public Schools cohort and taught at Alameda Middle School, a Title I school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The school had a team teaching structure where teachers taught groups of 75 students throughout the year and collaborated on all aspects of the curriculum. In my first years of teaching I grew to love teaching middle school students. It was with a heavy heart that my husband and I left New Mexico so he could go back to school.
Once we moved to Seattle, I learned that Seattle Public Schools would not even talk to me if I didn't have a teaching certificate. So I took a teaching positions in the private sector of education, first at Holy Rosary School and then at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. I have also expanded my grade level teaching experiences. While I was quite nervous about teaching fifth and sixth grade, I have found them to be the most incredible group of students. I really like teaching middle school students - they are a delightful blend of responsible, curious, and enthusiastic.
I have always loved school because I have always loved learning. I enjoy teaching in environments where teachers are allowed to be innovative. I find satisfaction in my profession from collaborating with other teachers and learning from my students.