School: Lincoln Elementary School
School System: Cedar Falls Community Schools
Subject and Grade Level: 1st-6th Grade Music Teacher
Education: BA from Augustana College, Master’s in Music from University of Northern Colorado
Hobbies: Gardening, biking, jogging, reading, cooking, eating, learning to play the guitar
Family members: Kevin (husband), Anjah (daughter), Cocoa (dog), and Bean (dog)
How long have you been teaching: 22 years
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: Embracing diversity in a public school setting.
The Thing You Find Most Challenging About Teaching: Tailoring musical experiences to fit each child’s individual needs.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Get to know your students and connect to them as much as possible.
Best Tip for Career Teachers: Keep learning and resist the status quo.
Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: Be a sponge that soaks up information and helps others.
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that teachers can be recognized for their good work. Thanks for lifting us up and inspiring us to grow alongside our students!