I am excited to be a part of the awesome Hilburn Academy staff. I have been teaching for 20 years and spent the first 15 years teaching grades 2-5 in San Diego, CA. During my career I have specialized in inquiry learning in mathematics and science, Project Based Learning and the integration of technology. I am a bit of a collector of children's literature, incorporating it in my teaching as much as possible. Photography is also a passion of mine, so I am very interested in the visual arts.
As a child, I lived on the East Coast in several different states thanks to my father's job in the United States Navy. Moving every few years was tough at the time, but as an adult I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced so many wonderful places and people. My family moved to California when I was in high school and I lived there for 24 years. During that time, my parents and older sister returned to the East Coast so I decided to move to Raleigh in 2012 in order to be closer to them.
As a master teacher, I have been fortunate to work with a number of pre-service teachers from San Diego State University and North Carolina State University as well as with new educators in the first years of their teaching career. This has kept me informed about innovative teaching strategies and excited about my profession. I currently serve as a mentor to one of our new Hilburn teachers and am proud to be one of our school PBL and writing coaches.
If you are interested in learning more about my experience and qualifications, you can visit LinkedIn for my professional profile. In addition to my work teaching children, I serve as a National Faculty Member with Buck Institute for Education, wherein I facilitate professional development in Project Based Learning for teachers around the country.
My students have created some pretty awesome cross-curricular projects. Here are some that can be found online:
Do Something Hilburn!
I am passionate about my job as an educator and look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please know that this is not my classroom but our classroom and that you are always welcome to come in and see what we're up to. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available via email at email@example.com or via phone by calling the school office at 571-6800.
My Career Highlights
Big Picture Fellow with the North Carolina Museum of Art
became a Buck Institute for Education National Faculty member
received the DENny RJ Stangherlin Award for Best Individual DEN Blogger
selected to serve on the
WCPSS Teacher Leader Corps and became a Discovery Education DENStar
became a San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow
became a San Diego Area
Science Project Teacher Leader
awarded a $500 grant from Wonderopolis
awarded a $2000 grant from ING's Run for Something Better program
co-authored the charter document for
Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter School
(opened in August 2009)
voted Teacher of the Year by my colleagues