Wichita State University in May 2015 – summa cum laude
Secondary Education and Teaching: English
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Annual Kansas Association of Teachers of English Conference – Wichita, KS: 2015 – 2019
National Medal of Honor Workshop – Tokepa, KS: 2017
Annual AVID National Convention – Dallas, TX 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop – Augusta, KS
Augusta Senior High – English Language Arts Teacher: May 2015 – Present
My husband and I have four awesome kids and two grandsons! Our only daughter is married with two boys of her own, and our oldest son lives in Manhattan, KS. Our two youngest boys attend school in Augusta! Although we currently live in Wichita, we hope to move to Augusta soon. We have one crazy yellow cat named Niko the neko. Neko means ‘cat’ in Japanese.
I can’t think of anything else in the whole world that I would rather do than teach. It is the hardest and most rewarding job that I have ever done. It is also the only job that I have ever had that I look forward to each day when I wake up. I genuinely miss my kids when I don’t see them, and I can’t imagine how empty my life would be without their creative brains to keep me on my toes!
I have a passion for literature and learning that I cannot wait to share with the world! I firmly believe in teamwork, consistent personal reflection, high expectations and the support necessary to achieve goal sets, as well as creating a growth mindset in my students that encourages perseverance and integrity. I believe that academic accomplishments are most meaningful when they positively impact the person and not just their GPA. I want to instill in my students a mindset of growth, curiosity for learning, and above all the confidence that they can succeed!
When I am not teaching, my hobbies include crafting, reading, and cooking. I also enjoy gardening when I have space for one, but I only have outdoor plants because I usually kill the indoor varieties. I may have a brown thumb when it comes to houseplants, but I really enjoy having a veggie garden and hope to find a place with a big outdoor space when we move.