Welcome to 4th grade!I am so excited to spend this year with you at Blakely.I am thrilled to be back on beautiful Bainbridge Island after many years away! I grew up on Bainbridge Island and attended Ordway, Woodward, and Bainbridge High School. I attended undergrad at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (Go Bearcats!) and also studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. After college I moved to Las Vegas to teach. During my 8 years in Las Vegas I taught both primary and intermediate grades as well as special education. I earned master's degrees in both curriculum and instruction and special education at UNLV (Go Rebels!). Two years I was a literacy coach for grades K-5 and last year I taught 4th grade at Blakely!.Two summers ago I moved back to the island with my husband, Chris, and my two cats, Frank and Ron. I love to read, travel, listen to music, hike, cuddle my kitties, study history, spend time with my family, eat sushi, drink coffee, watch football (Go Hawks!) and of course, TEACH FOURTH GRADE! I especially love going to Outdoor Ed. in the spring.I cannot wait to see where the 2014-2015 school year will take us!