University of Tennessee, B.S. in Elementary Education K-8 (2006)
Lipscomb University, M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12 (2009)
I teach English Language Learners in grades Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd. I have taught ELL in Loudon County for 11 years. Prior to that, I taught sheltered, 4th grade ELL in Metro Nashville Public Schools. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love as a career! One of my favorite things about this teaching position is that I get to spend multiple school years with my students. This allows me to really get to know them. I am able to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of their history, academic and language needs, interests, and what motivates them to learn. I also love expanding my Spanish vocabulary while we work!
My favorite teacher when I was in school was Mrs. Blahut. I was fortunate enough to have her for second and third grade. To this day, I remember the sound of her loud, boisterous laugh. Her laugh always made me laugh! I remember loving the way she wasn't afraid to jump in and have fun with us. I remember her reading Charlotte's Web aloud to us. She was great at bringing life to those fictional characters. I think I have read Charlotte's Web a hundred times since then, and have loved reading it to my own children. I also remember how Mrs. Blahut had extremely high expectations of us. She set the bar high and taught us that hard work payed off. I have carried those lessons throughout my life.
My family is one of the most important things in my life. My husband's name is Jordan. We have been married 14 years. We have three children. Evangeline is 11, Sadie is 8, and Harrison is 4. We love all things creative! I love plants and gardening, books, art, and music.
You can also reach me at (865) 458-2001 x3538