Meet the First Grade Team
I was born in Michigan. I have lived in Tennessee and Colorado. I have been living in North Carolina for about 6 years. I earned a Bachelor of Science in child development from Meredith College. I joined the Washington family last January. I have a passion for working with children and learning new things. I have worked with preschool age children and kindergarten through 2nd grade. I am excited to be a Washington Wizard! When I am not working, I enjoy running, spending time with my family, and reading.
I am excited for another year of teaching first grade at WashinGTon! This is my seventh year teaching first graders. I received my degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Spanish, from Appalachian State University. I have a passion for working with young learners and helping them develop a love for learning. As an educator, I strive to create engaging, hands-on learning opportunities through which my students can learn in a variety of ways. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, watercoloring, running, and being outside with my yellow lab, Cooper!
I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop's University (1997) and a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine (1998). To quench my thirst for adventure, I moved to NC in 2000 with a plan to stay for 2 years before heading overseas. It seems fate had other plans and one husband, 3 kids and 15 years later, I proudly call Raleigh my home. Over the last 15 years, I have taught kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade in both Rocky Mount and Raleigh and earned my National Board Certification in 2006. I am proud to be a Washington Wizard!
I've been a Washington Wizard since 2012. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from Meredith College. I've worked with students in a number of different ways over the years. I started at the Boys and Girls Club. I taught prevention education program and in-school suspension for 5-8th graders. I taught pre-kindergarten and school-age programs for 5 years before becoming an elementary school teacher. Outside of school, I teach youth jiu-jitsu, judo, and kung fu. I'm passionate about social-emotional learning and integrating mindfulness into education.