Van Buren Elementary School, 4th grade
number of years teaching: 7 yrs (elementary); 7 yrs (early childhood)
I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 29 years. We have 3 children; Brittany (24), Jacob (20), and Jacob (18)
It is hard to pick just one part of my job as my favorite, because there are so many wonderful things I enjoy. I do become very excited when my shared passion for reading also emerges in my students. As I talk to my students about the books they are currently reading, and they want to share every detail, it is truly rewarding. It is especially rewarding when a reluctant reader finds just the right book and begins to grow as a reader. Another one of my favorite parts is when I am teaching math. Teaching math is the one time of day that I just can't wait to share with my students my enthusiasm for working with numbers and problem solving. I love to engage my students and watch them get just as enthusiastic about the math lessons as I do.