Nineteen MSTA members were among the 35 teachers named 2019-20 Regional Teachers of the Year as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Each Wednesday, a new profile will be shared online celebrating these outstanding educators. You can see profiles of all 19 MSTA members honored as Regional Teachers of the Year in the Fall 2019 issue of School & Community.

School Building: Chaffee Junior/Senior High School
School District: Chaffee R-II School District
Grade/Subject taught: 8-12 grades; Algebra, Geometry, Foundations, Algebra 1A/1B
Years teaching: 8 years

What is one of your goals for this year?

One of my goals for the 2019-2020 school year is to implement a Blended Learning Environment. I hold a Masters in Teaching & Technology so I believe I have the experience and knowledge to create this learning environment.  

Describe yourself without using the word “teacher” or “educator.”

I am a mother of 2, a wife of a Millwright, and have a passion to shape young minds. I believe I enjoy spending time with family and friends. In my spare time you can find me on the soccer field with my daughter or enjoying the beautiful parks in Missouri. 

What is your teaching philosophy?

Academic success begins with believing that all children can achieve excellence. Through the use of active learning strategies, diverse, individualized instruction and support, my students become intrinsically motivated to reach their goals and as a result, lifelong learners. In my classroom, I implement hands-on learning and differentiated instruction. Technology use  supports these teaching strategies and steers my students to achieve their very best.  

What is something on your bucket list?

Something on my bucket list would be to visit all 50 states. I love traveling and learning new things about our beautiful country. To date I have been to 23 states.