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Bachelor of Science in Education (Special Education), Northern Illinois University
Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
I started my career in education while I was still living in Illinois in the field of early childhood. I taught preschool for many years while at the same time I worked for the Park District developing and implementing after school programs and extracurricular activities for school age children. I spent many summers running day camps for K-8 students. Through this experience I had the opportunity to work directly with families in many capacities, and grew to appreciate the partnerships we developed along the way to support their children in being successful. During this time period, I raised two daughters who are now both college graduates and are raising families of their own. I have five amazing school-aged grandchildren.
It was through my work in the summer camps that I became interested in the field of special education, and particularly in the area of emotional disabilities. While still working for the Park District, I went back to school to get a degree in education and obtained my special education teaching certificate. While still in Illinois, I taught 4th - 6th grade students in a resources setting, but then chose to move to Arizona.
When deciding to leave the Chicagoland area, I had many opportunities open to me. I chose to come to PVUSD and particularly to Roadrunner School to be a part of this amazing behavioral program. Learning and utilizing the Boys Town Model had a transformational effect on my teaching practice and lead to many successes for my students. After teaching high school science for 11 years, I took on the role of Principal.
As Principal, my goal is to create a collaborative & supportive environment for our staff, students and families. I believe that in this environment, all of our students can succeed and achieve the highest of their goals. It is both a privilege and an honor to serve the staff, students and families of the Roadrunner School Community.