I grew up in a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania, not far from the historic location where George Washington crossed the Delaware River. My parents were both educators and one of my two brothers also works in the field of education. Perhaps teaching is "in my blood".
I earned undergraduate degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I completed my Education Specialist Instruction Credential program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with Honors in Graduate Studies. Most recently, I completed my Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development certification through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
This is my twenty-second year as a teacher and this career just holds deeper meaning for me with every passing year. The message I'd like to share with students and families this year is a personal one.
A few summers ago my stepson, whom I've known since he was four, earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. His path in education shared many similarities to those of my students. As a student with a learning disability, he received Special Education support services from 3rd through 7th grade. Upon graduation from high school he attended California community colleges for two years before transferring to a four year university.
I strongly encourage my students to strive for this kind of success. It takes consistent effort and support both at school and at home. But I know from personal experience, it is an achievable goal that is immeasurably rewarding for both the student and their parents.