As early as fifth grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My school career at Rose Elementary
surrounded me with fabulous teachers that inspired me to follow in their footsteps. It was my
fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Emel, that told me, in no uncertain terms, that I could grow up to be
anything I wanted to be. For some reason, I believed her.
As luck would have it, I wasn’t able to follow my high school graduation right into college. Nearly
ten years later I would begin my classes at Umpqua Community College, followed by Northwest
Christian College and at last, my Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University.
My student teaching at Fir Grove would eventually lead to a teaching position. The supportive
staff nurtured my inaugural years and continues to inspire me today. Fir Grove is a community
My fundamental belief is that all children can learn. Every day it is my calling to give them the
resources and guidance to add to their layers of knowledge. It is my hope, that as they leave
Fir Grove and move onto middle school, that they will have the tools necessary to continue their
adventure in learning.