Creating lifelong readers
I’m one of nine children and we all went through VBCPS. I went to Bayside Elementary, Old Donation Center, Kemps Landing and then Princess Anne High School. I still have siblings at Princess Anne High School in ninth and 11th grade. I’m in the middle, the fourth oldest, and that’s kind of what got me into teaching. I’ve worked with kids my whole life – older, younger, teaching and leading kids, doing a lot of different things. I really enjoyed doing that and I figured, when I went to college, why not continue doing that? So, I kind of got into teaching. The more I learned about it and the more I did it, the more I really liked it and enjoyed doing what I do in the classroom.
Why did you decide to teach elementary school?
Just the energy level. Their joy for being here. Every day, regardless of my mood, they’re smiling. It just brightens my morning to see them every morning when they walk in. And just what they’re doing in first grade — reading — this is an important part. This is where struggling readers begin, at this age level. So if I do everything I can do to help them become better readers and enjoy reading and become lifelong readers – it is a passion of mine. I really want them to find that joy of reading now, and I think that there are different things I can do to try and instill that in them — just do everything I can to give them the opportunity to enjoy reading and writing.