So much as changed in the methods of education in the past decade, I have taken steps to seek out district trainings that keep me on top of the trends. I am an an active learner and strive to find the most effective way to present information to a diverse population of students. I also use technology in the classroom to assist in making the classroom an interactive place for learning. I've used SMARTboards, computers, assisted technology, and ELMOs to give students the chance to close the achievement gap.
Beyond the classroom, I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction works. In the area of fiction I both read and write science fiction stories. I collaborate with other amateur writers from around the globe to create stories. For non-fiction I have a great love of American, Norse and British history. I have researched my family tree to the year 490 A.D. and continue to fill in the gaps that remain in my ancestral line. I have both played, coached, and supervised Special Olympics sports. Building relationships through collaborative teamwork and fostering respect for people with disabilities has been a fantastic way to witness growth and confidence in children.