I graduated from Wayne Community High School in 1972. During the years I was in high school, I volunteered and spent many hours at the elementary during my study halls.
I attended IHCC in Centerville and graduated in 1974 with my AA degree. I then went to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman) in Kirksville, Missouri and graduated in 1976 with my BA in Elementary Education. I was hired to teach at Wayne Elementary starting in August 1976 as a Title I Reading teacher, I went back to Northeast Missouri State University to get my Masters in Reading in the fall of 1982 and I completed my Masters in Reading in the summer of 1984. I have taught Title I Reading and also taught first grade for Wayne. Five years ago, I completed my ESL endorsement through WIlliam Penn University.
I guess you could say that I am a lifelong learner. I am always attending conferences and workshops to learn new teaching strategies to improve my teaching.
For the past few years, I have taught Title I Reading and taught the ELL students we have at Wayne. I thoroughly enjoy working with all my guided reading group students in grades K-3 and with the ELL students I serve. I am the district's ELL coordinator. I am working on rewriting our current ELL plan to meet the guidelines of the new LAU plan that needs to be in place by the beginning of next year.
I enjoy teaching and collaborating with all the great educators we have in the Wayne Community School District.
My husband and I raised two children, Ryan and Lizabeth, who graduated from Wayne. Both are married. We are blessed with five grandchildren. We love to attend their activities when we can. We also like to go watch our nieces play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities in Seymour.
I am an avid reader. I am active in the PTA and I really enjoy working at Wayne Elementary. I also do some teaching at IHCC for Graceland College. I teach Reading in the Content Area for Graceland.