College of St. Elizabeth (NJ)
Why did you become a teacher?
Often what you enjoy the most as a child will follow you into adulthood. Even when I was in middle school, I found myself running down the street to spend my free time entertaining, caring for, and instructing younger children whenever I had the chance. My mother was a teacher and always encouraged me in this pursuit. English had consistently been one of my favorite subjects, and it was also a subject that would allow me to teach overseas -- a concurrent childhood desire. Finally, I had an English teacher in middle school who always seemed to be a bit miffed when students asked questions. I decided then that I wanted to be a teacher that welcomed inquisitiveness in my students and who encouraged the natural wonder that God had deposited in them.
What are your interests outside of work?
- Tracking down adventures with my wonderful hubby
- Running like a madwoman in soccer
- Writing and singing songs and poetry
- Worshiping and serving with my church family
- Climbing trees, taking early morning bike rides and late night walks, and embracing the beauty of an ocean sunset
- Giving piggyback rides and puppet shows to my nieces and nephews
- Ministering in orphanages in foreign countries
What do you most enjoy about your job?
- Being free to pray for students in the classroom and to speak of my Savior
- Encouraging students to look for the gospel in the pages of quality literature and teaching them to discern and evaluate different worldviews in what they read
- Fostering in students not only the science of writing, but also the art of writing
- Reading great literature aloud and sometimes acting it out to bring it alive for my students
- Igniting in my students a life-long love for words and showing them the joy inherent in "dancing with words"
- Demonstrating the grammar/writing connection
- Introducing the "Great Conversation" that exists between great works of literature
- Connecting with students outside of the classroom as well -- in small group, at chapel, on the soccer field, etc.
Tell us about a memorable adventure you have experienced.
Even though I have gone skydiving from 15,000 feet with views of the Atlantic Ocean and have jumped off waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, I still maintain that riding Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens with my husband and the eighth graders on Grad Bash night was equally exhilarating as those other two adventures.
What is a favorite quote?
"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." -Francis Bacon
"If we work on marble, it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble into dust. But if we work on immortal minds, if we imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow man, we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity." -Daniel Webster