Where are you from?
Portland, OR, but I have also lived in Washington, Texas, and Michigan
For how long have you been an educator?
For how long have you worked at Sitton?
4 years. I was the Math Specialist for 2 years, prior to being hired as a 5th grade teacher for 2012-13.
Why did you choose to become a educator?
I believe that through education we can effect change in our world by empowering our youth to become the great thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a Camp Fire leader, volunteer, and math tutor, working with many children and adults for whom education had not been empowering, it had instead caused great pain and humiliation. I wanted to change that. Our children have amazing potential, but they first must learn to believe in themselves: to believe in the power of their own voice, to believe in their ability to learn, to believe in their importance in our world. This is why I chose to become an educator.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job is when a student who believes they cannot do something discovers that they can, not to mention all the smiles, laughter, and hugs that are an everyday part of my job.
What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
I love spending time with my family, long walks, and digging in the dirt (also known as my attempts at gardening. :)