“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
– Ignacio Estrada
My true desire to teach began when I was a young adult, and I first saw learning in action. I was fortunate enough to be a guide and mentor for at-risk girls in the wilderness setting. What I saw in these girls was the ability to gain the self-confidence and self-awareness to succeed, no matter where they started. As an instructor, I learned the girls would not succeed if I told them what they had to do and how to do it. I had to give them the correct tools and help them discover the right path for themselves. From the very beginning, I learned that teaching is not about simply telling. It is about guiding and facilitating learning as they construct their own understanding of the world around them.
I am originally from Ohio but have spent most of my adult life in rural, coastal communities in Maine. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maine at Machias. This experience at a small university taught me the importance of a hands-on education. I spent a lot of time in the mudflats and waters off Downeast Maine catching worms, clams, and lobsters with my professors! After several different working experiences, I realized my dream of teaching and got my master’s degree in education from Western Governors University. I have since taught general education in the 4th through 6th grades as well as middle school math. My ultimate goals as a teacher are to instill in my students a sense of self-confidence and self-awareness in learning, teach them to work collaboratively and be community-oriented citizens, as well as giving them the tools they need to be lifelong learners.
In my off time, I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, and water sports with my 6-pound Yorkipoo, Luka! I also love to craft and enjoy creating cards and paper flowers with my Cricut machine. Music has been an inspiration for me in my life! I play the classical violin and enjoy watching others play many different types of music!