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About Me

Hello and welcome!  I'm a wife, mother, teacher, reader, exercise enthusiast, Zumba instructor, and life-long learner!  I have been teaching for 7 years (5 years in 2nd grade and 2 years in Kindergarten).  Teaching is my passion and after a 12 year break while staying home with my children, I am thrilled to return to the classroom. I am married and we have 4 amazing kids.

Almost one year ago, my 8 yr old son was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.  The same year he was also diagnosed with epilepsy and depression.  These diagnoses lit a spark within me.  This spark instigated a major turning point for me and my teaching. I began to dive deep into what is needed for good literacy instruction.  I came to realize what students with learning disabilities really need.  I am learning what works and what doesn't.  I am not an expert, I don't have all the answers, and I am still on this learning journey.  What I DO have is grit, determination, passion, and spark! Please join me as I share the discoveries I make along this path.

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