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       I grew up in Indiana, and received my teaching degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette. After my husband and I were married, we moved to Houston, Texas.  I taught 6 and 7th grade Math, while he was a flight instructor at Houston Hobby Airport.  We moved back to Indiana and I taught Math for 3 ½ years, until my first child was born.  Next, we transferred to Detroit, Michigan, so my husband could pursue Mechanical Engineering.  This is where my other child was born.
     
        Then, we settled in Missouri in 2001, where my children began school at Holden Elementary.  I worked as a volunteer in various classrooms for a few years, and then substitute taught during the 2003-2004 school year.  In the fall of 2005, I started teaching third grade here at Holden Elementary, when the school created a new class to accommodate increasing enrollment.  After 8 years of teaching 3rd graders, I moved to fourth grade in the 2013-14 school year.
     
         Helping children to broaden their academic skills, as well as learning to become independent thinkers, has been my goal for the fifteen years that I have taught here at Holden.  This year, I am excited to continue helping students extend their knowledge and become critical thinkers in fourth grade.
     
    As a child, one of my favorite authors was Beverly Clearly.
     

    "One rainy Sunday when I was in third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading.  I have been a reader ever since."
    ---Beverly Clearly, author
     

    A couple more quotes:  
     

    “As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”
     
      - Laura Ingalls Wilder:
    
 

      I've been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can't really say where the desire came from; I've always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!
     

     - J.K. Rowling

     

    "Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

     

     - Harriet Tubman