What do you love most about your work at St. Charles?
You may have heard me say that I have a dream job . . . and I do! I love teaching at St. Charles and though the reasons are numerous, what I love most is working with the St. Charles children. In kindergarten, we build an awesome learning community. I’m energized by the earnest enthusiasm of the 5- and 6-year-olds! Kindergarten, much like Pre-K, opens a gateway into their academic journey, and I am thrilled to be a part of that! Additionally, as the elementary music teacher, it is great to share my love of music with the students and prepare them for performances, especially the Advent Service and Spring Marian concert.
How does our faith-based environment affect what you accomplish with kids?
Christ sent the disciples to go out and teach—as a part of a faith-based learning environment, I have the opportunity to personally take part in this very important mission of the Catholic Church. Every day I am reminded to see Christ in each child and of the importance of helping the students become the best version of themselves. What a blessing to partner with parents as we guide these great kids, spiritually and academically.
Share a bit about yourself.
Born and raised in Illinois, I moved to Minnesota in 1985. After working for six years in the mental health field, I decided to seek a career in education. I’ve earned a BS in elementary education from the University of Minnesota and an MA in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis on reading instruction) from the University of St. Thomas and have a K-12 MN reading license.
My husband, Mike, and I have three children—all graduates of St. Charles. In my 15 years at St. Charles, I teach half-day kindergarten, elementary music (K-4) and work in Aftercare. Outside of school, I love photography, music, and bicycling.
Dia is Muire dhuit! (or “God and Mary with you” in Gaelic/Irish)
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