School: Kittrell Elementary
School System: Waterloo Community Schools
Subject and Grade Level: 2nd grade
Education: Viterbo University, MA – Education , 2004-2006; University of Northern Iowa, BA – Education, 1987-1993
Hobbies: I enjoy quilting, sewing, reading, football games, and spending time with family and friends
Family Members: Kurt (husband), Kassie-15 (daughter), Karson – 13 and Kyle – 11 (sons)
How long have you been teaching: 21 years
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: The kids’ funny stories. When I am having a tough day, they always say things that make me smile and help me remember the things I worry about most are not really that important. Along with my family, they are the gold stars in my life.
The Thing You Find Most Challenging About Teaching: Time Constraints and Paperwork.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Get to know your students and find that personal connection with them to help build relationships
Best Tip for Career Teachers: It’s about the Kids !!
Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: Be proud of your accomplishments, do the best job you can, and strive to do the right thing.
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: I am very humbled at receiving this award. It means a lot to me, and I will never forget this !!! There are many wonderful teachers in our profession and I am proud to be part of this wonderful profession that helps shape the lives of children.