I am a graduate of Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota where I majored in K-12 Art Education and minored in Psychology. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the university in 1998. I have been teaching Visual Art at Tri County Schools since the fall of 1999. While I have taught Kindergarten through Grade 7 art at various times in my teaching career at TCS, I have consistently taught Art to grades 8-12.
In the fall of 2008, I entered a new venture when I began taking classes through North Dakota State University to earn my Family and Consumer Science Education degree. At that time, I was granted a license variance which allowed me to begin teaching in the FACS field while working toward my degree. I have been teaching half-time Visual Art and half-time Family and Consumer Science at Tri County since beginning my coursework in 2008. I finished my final class for my degree to allow me full licensure in FACS Ed in the summer of 2012.
I am married and together my husband and I have two children. In my spare time I love to watch my children in their activities, read, camp, and (if I can find the time!) scrapbook, sew and paint.
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
- ...that because adolescence is a time of great transition, as a teacher I need to not only understand, but also be sensitive to the developmental needs and changes of my students to include physical, intellectual, social-emotional, psychological and moral development. As such, I work to create learning activities that consider these areas critically to improve the learning of my students.
- ...that students need to feel safe to take risks in their learning. Therefore, I strive to create a classroom community that is both inviting and supportive with high expectations for all members and where differences are respected so that every student is able to contribute to the community based on his or her individual strengths.
- ...that students thrive in active learning situations where content is challenging, relevant to their lives, exploratory in nature and sheds light on the connections between the content in my classroom, the content in other classes and the real world.
- ...that students need genuine family and community involvement to be successful in school. To foster that involvement, I will work to actively seek out opportunities to involve families in their child's learning as well as opportunities for students to interact with the community in which we live.
- ...that students need to be given ample opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning. As such, I will work to support their independence as is appropriate within the classroom. This is done in an effort to guide students towards their full potential as productive and functioning adults following their secondary school experience.