Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Biology MS in Virology SPED Intern Certification - PCC
Welcome to Cross Cat grades 3-5!!! I am thrilled to be here with your children and would like to thank you for sharing them. As we are a team, I welcome input from you, the parents. You know your children better than anyone and have invested countless hours caring for them and learning about them.
My goal is for your children to feel welcome and safe, in a nurturing environment, where they can learn reading, writing, math, communication skills, social skills, and life skills. They are also exposed to music, art, computers, PE, adaptive PE, science, social studies, and FUN.
I have an amazing team of teaching assistants who are all wonderful with children and come with a wealth of experience and compassion. They are Eilishe Goebel, Karen Hubbard, Sharon Matheson and Kari Norton.
I am married and have 3 grown children, 2 boys (ages 24 and 21) and a girl, 20. My oldest graduated from college in May 2017. During his 1 year at ASU and all 4 years at Utah Valley University, he was a starting wrestler. He was also a Wrangler wrestler from 2005-2008. My middle son is a professional World of Warcraft video gamer. My daughter was also a Wrangler during middle school and is currently enrolled as a dance major at U of A.
My background is in biology. I have a Master's degree in virology and worked in both academia and industry for 27 years (23 of those in Tucson at a small Oro Valley biotech company which merged multiple times to become Big Pharma). I left the science industry in the summer of 2016, at which point I got my real estate license to work with my husband. I also pursued substitute teaching certification in Amphi. Substituting primarily in two Cross Cat classrooms here at Wilson, I immediately loved working with the students and was encouraged by the SPED teachers to pursue SPED teaching certification through Amphi's "Grow Your Own" program. Amphi's program works in conjunction with PCC's Intern Pathway Program to enable qualified interns to work toward certification, while teaching concurrently. A wealth of support is provided to interns through mentoring programs, which offer the invaluable input and advice of experienced mentors from both the district and PCC.
I love working with your children, learning with them and from them, and helping them to become more independent, self-confident learners and lovers of life.