2023 to present
Family members recognized my penchant for exploration and sharing discoveries when I was a young child, and I have known since then that my calling has been to teach. Just as the hours in a day flit by when doing what you love most, so have the years of my teaching.
My career began in rural Alaska, with the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where I taught high school with one other colleague for five years. I made a foray into homeschooling for a few years before becoming certified in Waldorf education, and teaching in Anchorage for 14 years at the elementary level. In 2010, I became the founding teacher of Birchtree Charter School in the Mat-Su Borough School District, teaching and mentoring there for six years. During the next several years, I served as a mentor, pedagogical director, teacher trainer, and field supervisor for student teachers. Coming full circle, I was called back to teach in rural Alaska, which is where my heart lies. I taught middle school and high school for the Yukon Flats School District until becoming a mentor for the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project in 2023.
I recharge for teaching by spending time in Alaska’s wilderness, paddling, hiking, backpacking and skiing. I enjoy creating things with my hands: knitting, beading, building, painting, and crafting. My greatest joy, and hope, is to inspire lifelong learners in any classroom environment.