Degrees and Certifications:
I am not from the area, and most recently lived in Warroad. I am originally from Arizona so cold is not my best friend, haha. I attended elementary school in Arizona and Virginia and high school and college in Minnesota. At one point or another, I have been a public school, home school, or private school kid. My time in elementary and high school was spent in public schools while middle school (6th through 8th grade) was private and homeschool accordingly.
I graduated from Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin in 2009, on the honor roll. I spent my free time during high school on the swim team, art club, doing art, writing stories, attending weekly church youth group and faith-based events, attending concerts by my favorite bands, and spending time with family and friends. After leaving high school I went to Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon (CUW), Wisconsin to study Graphic Design. I graduated with a bachelor of arts in Graphic Design with a minor in youth ministry in 2013.
After graduating I moved home to Arizona where my family had relocated. I applied for design jobs throughout the country and began subbing in the as both a paraprofessional and a teacher. During that time I realized that I rather enjoyed working with students in a school setting and began planning to go back to school to obtain a teaching license.
To gather tuition for a teaching program I worked at the local copper mine as a haul truck trainee. I trained on the big trucks. You can find a picture of the pink truck (for breast cancer although people signed memorials on the truck bed for those with other cancers) I trained on here. Working in the mine is quite different from teaching, but both include building relationships and working together to meet goals much like special education. Unfortunately, before I could gather enough tuition for my program the price of copper fell because the price of gas fell and I was laid off.
In the late summer of 2015, I moved back to Wisconsin to attend CUW's graduate teacher certification program for elementary education. During that time I worked in a local elementary school as a special education paraprofessional. I worked with a diverse group of students with amazing abilities and kind hearts in kindergarten through sixth grade. The teacher I worked with had been a general education teacher before getting her special education license and said her experience in a regular classroom was invaluable to her current job. I wanted that experience and stayed in my elementary program vowing to pursue a special education license later on.
In 2017 I finished student teaching (5th grade in a public school and 6th through 8th-grade literature in a private charter/choice school in Milwaukee) and moved up to Warroad to be nearer to my now-husband. My first year teaching was as the high school art teacher in Warroad during the 2017/2018 school year. I have an art degree, but not a license in teaching art. Nonetheless, the year was amazing. Unfortunately, because I did not have a degree in teaching art, only in art the position was re-opened.
During the 2018/2019 school year, I taught high school English at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, MN because I had focused on the ELA side of elementary education. In Wisconsin, an elementary license goes from first to eighth grade. I taught 7th and 10th grade English as well as two sections of a reading course using the HMH Read 180 System. My mentor from Warroad was hired as the English teacher for the 2019/2020 school year which I was super excited about because she is AWESOME! I did not begrudge her that in any way and have not since.
During the 2019/2020 school year, I finished transferring my license from Wisconsin to Minnesota and taught I taught Read 180 and Enrichment part-time and worked as the 3rd through 6th-grade Title Math Paraprofessional part-time at Lake of the Woods Elementary. I enjoyed working with a variety of students doing a variety of things, but my goal continued to be working as a special education teacher, which is how I ended up morphing from being a bear to being a GATOR! Go Gators!
Over the last year, I have passed two courses toward my special education license at CUW, which transfer into the program I start at Concordia Saint Paul (CSP) next week (September 8, 2020). I will be pursuing an add-on license in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please do not be worried or alarmed because I am only two courses into my program, I have lots of help and I am and will continue to work very hard to keep your kids learning, growing, and safe no matter what is thrown our way during the 2020/2021 school year. I wish to know you and your students and through that knowledge and rapport help them to learn and grow with you
This year is going to be awesome and I look forward to working with you and your children.
You can contact me at the school using extension 229 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org