Where do you teach? Twenhofel Middle School
What subject(s)/grade(s) do you teach? 7th Grade Social Studies
How many years have you taught? 17 years
Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher to help others. When I first went to college I wanted to be a nurse. After working in a hospital and doctor’s office I soon realized it was not the kind of help I wanted to do. I loved the teaching part, so I went back to school and became a teacher.
What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? The best part of teaching is how funny the kids can be. They make me laugh each and every day with their stories, jokes and just playing around. I love just sitting back and listening to them. Kids will tell you everything.
What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? Non-teachers should know that teaching is extremely rewarding. Kids appreciate everything that you do as a teacher. They may not realize it during that exact moment, but they will come back and tell you.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is earning my National Board Certification in Social Studies.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? My favorite thing to do when I’m not teaching is to read and travel. I love traveling with my family to historic sites and the beach. My son once told me when he was 6 years old on a Washington DC trip, that I was putting him in information overload and he needed a pool day. I love sharing my love of history with my family and students.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be the ability to teleport in time and space. I would love to be able to pop into the bathroom or office when I needed something and then pop back into my classroom. It would also be fun to travel in time and see these historical events I teach about every day unfold before my eyes.