All About Me!
I grew up here in WNY, cheering for the Bills and heading off to the Broadway Market every spring. As a child I enjoyed reading, dancing, singing, and playing outside with my older sister, two younger brothers, and neighborhood friends. When I was young, I aspired to become a veterinarian like my dad or an actress on the stage, but later I realized I had a passion for teaching.
I graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1996, and then attended Niagara University, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Inclusion Education and Secondary English. I was hired at Alden Middle School in 2000, and while teaching, earned my Master's degree in Social Studies Education from The University at Buffalo. I was recognized by Business First as a "WNY Teacher of Distinction" in the 2011 Education Edition, and this was a great moment of pride for me.
I currently live in Alden with my husband, our three daughters, our eight-year-old rescue dog, a Shorkie (Shih-tzu/ Yorkie mix) named Moses and fourteen-year-old rescue dog, a Beatzu (Beagle/Shih-tzu mix) named Susie. My main passion is to teach children the value of living purposeful lives which lead to positive chain reactions in the world. I strive to teach them about the power of both the written and spoken word, and how they can contribute positively to society through the use of reading and writing.
Six years ago, I directed for the first time, and had a blast with the cast and crew of Peter Pan, Jr. Three years ago we headed "under the sea" with The Little Mermaid, Jr., in 2017 we "made 'em laugh" with Singing in the Rain, Jr., then Aladdin, Jr. hit the stage, HS Musical, Jr and this year I can't wait for Willy Wonka, Jr!
In addition to teaching ELA and directing musicals, I enjoy being moderator of Writing Club (WOW) and a member of the school character education committee. I love long walks on the beach, cheering for the Buffalo Bills, scrapbooking, reading suspense-filled novels, volunteering in church groups, and enjoying time with my family. Occasionally you can find me singing and dancing within the halls of the middle school! I hope to be published one day myself, and will never forget the wise words once spoken to me, "Dreams are not something to wish for, they are something to work for."