My teaching philosophy is simple: be real, embrace what life can teach you, and laugh along the way. I’ve spent the last 8 years in education, facilitating and expanding awareness of mental health needs, behavioral systems, and procedures to better serve students with unique challenges in today’s educational programs and schools. I enjoy the experience working with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies in all federal settings and grade levels. Those relationships and how they impact our students are what drive me to be better every day.
I hold a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Minnesota, as well as a K-12 Special Education License, and M.A. in Special Education: EBD from the University of St. Thomas. I am an active advocate for mental health and special education needs in the Twin Cities. On top of my duties as a teacher in the Vision program located at Hillcrest Community School, I am an Adjunct Professor with the University of Concordia - St. Paul in their graduate level special education program. I truly enjoy the opportunity to lead and help other people in my profession gain a better understanding and the skills to better serve our students.
In my free time, you can catch me on the golf course, at the ice rink, or enjoying a long ride on my mountain bike. I laugh a lot(mostly at myself) and believe the best way to learn in life is to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them, and laugh. Pretty simple if you ask me!
“In order to be successful and persevere in anything, it all starts with the right values. You do the hard work. You do it with excellence. You are honest, sincere, and you give it your all.” -Cal Ripken Jr.