I am a Burlington Day School alumna, parent and teacher. I graduated from Campbell University with a BS degree in Elementary Education. I have spent 24 years teaching, 15 of which have been at BDS/TBS. I received the honor of being selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2010. My husband and I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary and we have 3 daughters ranging in age from 12 to 21 years old. We also have 2 beagles, Beasley and Bo.
As a teacher, I compare my job to the job of a gardener. My children’s minds hold a variety of feelings that must be constantly pruned and nourished. The care must be a constant cycle to keep their minds alive and beautiful, and to help them grow into healthy, loving, knowledgeable adults. When children begin to comprehend that they can succeed, they feed on their success and continue to grow. As I teacher, I must make my children feel successful through constant encouragement. Without my love and understanding, a year of growth can be stunted and remain a stumbling block for the rest of the child’s life. In the song Kindergarten Wall by John McCutcheon, the last line of the chorus says “And remember the seed in the little paper cup: first the roots grow down and the plant grows up!” My responsibility as a Kindergarten teacher is to ensure that the roots of learning grow deep, strong, and secure. Accomplishing this, year after year, provides me with a sense of pride and satisfaction that few things can match. Feeling good about my job and my students sets the stage for a lifetime of learning. I am the beginning. Their minds are fresh and ready. What better time or reason is there to create a loving and caring atmosphere for learning?