Welcome to a fantastic year!I am very excited to have your student in my class this year and am looking forward to a year where we aim high and reach for the stars!I am a Northwest native and grew up in Woodinville, before moving to South Everett, and most recently, Snohomish! I earned my BA in Elementary Education in English and Reading at Western Washington University in 2000, and my MEd at City University in Integrating the Arts in 2005. I spent one year studying English Literature in Ireland at the National University of Ireland in Galway. I adore books, and you may notice my bright red classroom library is bursting with over 500 poetry, art, and chapter books.I have been teaching for nearly 20 years. I taught in the nearby community of Granite Falls, WA, for my first 15 years, where I had a Multiage program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, as well as regular 5th grade. Since then, I've been teaching 4th and 5th grades in Everett Public Schools. My favorite subject of all is Science, with Reading and Math tied for second place!In addition to teaching, I love camping, skiing, growing vegetables and fruit, reading, researching healthy food, and cooking. My husband and I have a son in middle school and a daughter at Penny Creek. I also enjoy taking my kiddos to their sports, and after school you'll find us at gymnastics, the soccer field, or taekwondo. We all snow ski in the winter so you may just see us on the slopes of Stevens Pass. I became a PSIA Nationally certified ski instructor at the tender age of 16, and now have over two decades of educational experience.I am beyond thrilled to be teaching at here and be an active member of the community! I look forward to meeting all my new students and perhaps even running into you around town, on the slopes, or playing soccer! Be sure to come say, "Hi!" and and give me a high five or a hug!