Who am I?
I come from a big town, a big school and a big personality; I never thought I would land in a (relatively) small Wisconsin farm town. I grew up in northern suburbs of Illinois with my family. Now we are all spread across the country; Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.
I received my Bachelors in Education from UW-Whitewater. I am currently planning my wedding with my wonderful fiance. I live in Janesville with my chinchillas, Chili and Gandalf, and I love to travel, cook, read and watch all kinds of movies.
This is my third year teaching, and I could not be happier both with my career choice and my choice of school. St. Mary's has truly become a home for me between the amazing coworkers, the families and most importantly, the incredible students I get the opportunity to teach and learn from everyday. I look forward to what the future has to offer both at St. Mary's and anywhere else that my path may lead.
I spent many years working at a camp in Elkhorn called Lutherdale Bible Camp. Because of this, and my personal relationship in my faith, I take a different approach to sharing God's love with my students in and outside of the classroom. One of my favorite ways is through song! There are so many quirky, fun, yet meaningful songs that share Christ's love and stories and I will often find ways to bring these to my students. Need to spell "Christian"? I have a song for that! How much does God love you? A song for that! The story of Moses and the Red Sea, the gathering of the disciples, or even how God has prepared us with a suit of armor against others? Yes, yes, and absolutely!
Now it isn't just songs you may hear your little ones begin to sing, but also some fun prayers. You are having a conversation with the Lord; that is a pretty big deal, but let's throw some spice on it! Who knows, Jesus may like a little spice on his prayers.
The biggest piece of camp I bring into my classroom is my student's attention grabber. Students often hear "clap once...clap twice..." or counting down and things of the sort. Instead, why not use it as a moment to remind them God is in their life and in their hearts?
From 2 Corinthians 9:8, the call and response I use is:
(Teacher) "God is good,"
(Student) "All the time!"
(Teacher) "And all the time,"
(Student) "God is good!"
Because he IS so good in so many ways!