|Center Name:||Goodwill of Southern Indiana Children’s Learning Center|
|Classroom Age Group:||Preschool (3 years old)|
|Years of Teaching Experience:||8.5 years|
|Years in the Excellence Academy:||2 years|
|Highest Education Level Achieved:||Bachelor’s Degree (English)|
|What is one of your favorite things about teaching young children?|
|I love watching children reach a goal. It is so rewarding to see them try and try and finally become successful at something they have worked so hard to achieve.
|How has the Excellence Academy changed you, your classroom environment, your knowledge of early childhood development and your teaching practices and strategies?|
|The Excellence Academy has helped me to create a welcoming classroom in which we are able to teach and nurture our children. The mentors have been a valuable resource and a wealth of knowledge on early childhood development. They have aided me in becoming a better teacher.
|Tell us about your family.|
|My husband, Eric, and I have been married for a year and a half, and we love spending time together. We have been house hunting and are looking for a place that is big enough for us to enjoy for a while. We are also waiting until we get a bigger place so that we can have space for a puppy to run around.
|Do you have any hidden talents?|
|I am told that I sing a pretty good “All That Jazz” on karaoke night.
|What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?|
|When the weather is nice, I love to walk with my husband. We go to different parks, the Big Four Bridge, and we also love to walk around Huber’s Winery. The vineyards there are beautiful. I guess we just really enjoy spending time together, whether we are seeing a concert or just hanging out in the living room.
|What would be impossible for you to give up?|
|I don’t think I can give up Diet Coke. I don’t drink a lot of Diet Coke, but when I need one, I NEED one. There is no in between.
|How do you want to be remembered?|
|I would like to be remembered as someone that had a positive impact on the lives of children. I want children to remember an exciting activity or a particular moment from being in my class and recall how that event or lesson taught them about themselves or about something they will carry with them forever.|