About Me


I am a reading advocate, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a step-mother, and a person always on a mission to live better and learn better. I want to inspire other people and to continue to create.

Currently, my day job is a Curriculum Coach at a 7-8 Middle School. This is my 22nd year in education.

My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Ball State University. I have my Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of Phoenix. I have taught from K-8 and have coached K-12 in various school systems in Indiana. Most of those years I was a reading specialist.
One of my favorite jobs was TAP Master Teacher.
I have training in 6+ 1 Writing traits, Teach Like A Champion, TAP,  Singapore Math, Core Knowledge, the Baldridge Model, and various other programs and frameworks. I have been honored to work for schools that have won National and State awards and have presented about these programs at State and National conferences. I was the Allen Group Teacher of Excellence for October 2015.
I have presented at the ICE conference and ISRA several times.
     +Stoking the Fires of Young Writers
     +Powerpoint Books to Supplement Instruction
     +Get Ready! Get Set! READ!
I present on best instructional practices twice a month.
In my spare time, I am a writer, a reader,  and a runner. I typically read three books at a time. I have raced in distances from 5K to 50 miles. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 4 children.
I believe reading is the gateway to all learning. If you are reluctant to read I feel you haven’t found the right book yet! I can help you find what you love or possibly write it for you!

4 thoughts on “About Me

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  2. Finding the right book to start a kid reading who otherwise thinks it a chore, and then providing enough after that so he or she is solidly hooked, is the greatest thing you can do for that child. From then on, they will each be able to teach themself anything they need to learn. Not minimizing formal schooling – just acknowledging that the attitude brought INTO that schooling makes a huge difference.

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