I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University, an MBA from Fontbonne University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Truman State University. In 2008, I began working with several school districts in St. Louis while managing a grant for a local nonprofit agency and decided to pursue a future in education. After completing my Master’s program while working in a public school and as a private tutor, I sought out the chance to complete my student teaching in an experiential education environment at an ISACS-accredited independent school with a focus on outdoor education.
Once I experienced first-hand how children thrived within an active learning culture and understood how teachers could collaborate with students to cultivate meaningful learning experiences, I knew a progressive environment suited my instructional approach. After student teaching, I was invited to stay on at the school as a middle school math teacher while continuing to provide individual and small group academic support before and after school. My experience there reinforced my appreciation for outdoor integration and educational offerings that took students out of the classroom and into the living world. As a math teacher, I also appreciated how theme-based learning provided my students with the inspiration to explore this subject area engagingly and intuitively, even if it wasn’t a favorite stand-alone class.
When my husband and I started planning our move to Louisville in 2019, I immediately reached out to Virginia Chance School. After touring and observing the community here, I knew it was where I wanted to be. It was a joy to work with both Primary and intermediate students last year, and I look forward to working with a broader student range through my position as a Technology Specialist. My husband and I share our home with two big dogs and two lazy cats. My love of international travel and my regular yoga practice helps me to prepare students to be mindful global citizens.