I began to substitute teach in 2000. In 2003, I taught adult basic education in Doddridge County until 2007, when I was hired to teach Spanish at Doddridge County Middle and Doddridge County High School. In 2009, I began teaching elementary education at Doddridge County Elementary School, where I have been teaching for the past 12+ years – I have taught all subjects in 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and kindergarten.
I chose to become an educator to inspire students to love learning and reach their highest potential, no matter how difficult it may seem. My goal is to ensure that all my students know they are loved and cared for while making the learning process a fun and rewarding experience.
I believe West Virginia teachers build positive relationships with their students and this is what makes our educational system so successful.
My favorite aspect of my job is building positive relationships with my students while watching them grow academically, physically and emotionally. I love seeing that twinkle in their eye (that ah-ha moment) when they overcome an educational obstacle.
I have become a better teacher by changing my grade level and subject area every few years. I think all teachers should be open to changing their grade level or subject area after a few years so they don’t feel stuck in a rut or experience burnout. I have learned so much from each group of students that I have had the privilege to teach over the years.
I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two daughters and one granddaughter. We have 2 dogs, 2 rabbits, and a cat that we consider part of the family. I enjoy hiking at West Virginia state parks, swimming, working out, and cooking. I feel blessed to be a teacher and challenge myself to make my lessons engaging and entertaining so that my students love to come to school every day.