This is my second year teaching at The Juniper School and 6th year overall. I come from a family of educators as my grandmother and mother were both teachers! I got my bachelor's degree in education at Wilmington College of Ohio with specialties in Language Arts, Reading, and Science. Colorado's mountains have called me since I seasonally worked on, and managed, different ranches from 2003 on; so I moved to Durango in the fall of 2012. Prior to that, I subbed and was an aide for special ed at Woodland Elementary in Ohio. When I moved to Colorado, I taught kindergarten through 2nd grade in a combined classroom at Columbine Christian School for three years, and absolutely loved the adventurous nature of the school. I also taught K-8 computers, K-8 Art, and K-5 Wilderness Day at Columbine through 9-R Shared School for 3 years, in addition to being a tutor at Mumbling Marmot tutors. When I’m not teaching, I love hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with my dogs, playing piano, reading, kayaking, or horseback riding! I absolutely love how teaching is an occupation that keeps me constantly learning. It is such a privilege to get the opportunity to have a positive impact on a child everyday. I love when learning is fun and creative, and having opportunities to witness when something clicks for a child. I am so excited to be a part of Juniper School!