Kindergarten & Primary 1 Teacher
I have a Master in Elementary Education K-5 and a Bachelor of Science in Human and Health Promotion/Exercise Science from the University of Louisville. Before graduating from college, I loved babysitting and working at my church’s preschool where I taught three and four-year-olds. My sister, Leslie Linde, has taught at Virginia Chance School since 2004 and so this was an excellent opportunity for me to substitute teach and complete my observation hours for my Master's program and gain insight from my sister’s experience at Virginia Chance. I have loved VCS since the day I set my foot in the door, and when I graduated, I thought of nowhere else I would rather teach.
This year will be my 12th year teaching at VCS. Since I started, I have taught the two-year-olds, Intermediates and now in K/1 where I am beginning my eighth year. Our family has been fortunate enough to be able to send our two children, Jaxon and Stella, to VCS. The whole child approach to teaching, the Stephen Glenn’s Developing Capable Young People & Jane Nelson’s Positive Discipline way of discipline, child-guided learning, and meeting children where they are, in their personal learning journey, are all very important to me as a mother and a teacher. I feel blessed that I am at a school where I am able and encouraged to teach in a way that is appropriate for all children.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, playing games, enjoying new restaurants, and traveling as much as I can. Being a parent of two elementary children, I enjoy incorporating activities that we do together into my lessons and classroom. At home we experiment with making slime, participating in Lego challenges, and exploring the outdoors. Being a mom has made me a confident, caring, understanding, patient, and all-around better teacher!