Prior to beginning my career at Southern Lehigh Middle School, I held a variety of jobs and studied various disciplines during my college career. After beginning college in the middle of my senior year of high school, (I was only 16!), I decided I wanted to "experience the world" and to take a break from my academic career. I tried various jobs in an effort to help me decided "What I wanted to be when I grew up." These jobs included veterinary technician, dental assistant, bank teller, and retail sales. After several years in the "business world," I decided I wanted to return to college and study medicine, hoping to become a pediatric surgeon.
I applied and was accepted to Temple University, where I majored in Biology and prepared for the Pre-Med program. I continued this path for several years. During one of my work-study programs in which I worked in an Emergency Room, (and pulled several double shifts), I realized that although I loved science, medicine and children, I did not have the physical stamina needed to successfully complete a degree in medicine. After serious thought, I decided to change my major from Biology to Elementary Education. My new dream was to work with children and help them love science as much as I do. I have since earned my Bachelors of Science (Elementary Education with a minor in History) from Temple University and my Masters of Education in Technology in Education from DeSales University.
During my career at Southern Lehigh Middle School, I have taught Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading, Gifted Seminar, Math and Science. I have been a Faculty Member of National Junior Honor Society and was the Advisor of Student Council.
In my personal life, my husband Rich and I have two children, Meghan (18) and Duncan (17). Meghan recently graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and will be attending Newberry College in South Carolina in August. Duncan is currently attending Christopher Dock Mennonite High School where he will be a senior. We have several fish tanks, a leopard gecko, named Charles, and a turtle, named Toddles. In my free time I love to sew and have a small business called Doll Diva Creations in which I make clothes to fit American Girl Dolls. I am also the Chairperson for the Student Apprentice Program of the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is held the second Friday and Saturday in August each year and celebrates the crafts, food, and traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch who settled in the area in the 18th and 19th Century. Through the Student Apprentice Program, children in grades 6-12 become apprentices and learn about the lifestyle and various trades of that community.
I also enjoy reading and other arts and crafts. I also love NCIS (especially Abbey Schuto, the forensic scientist), Disney, (especially Tinkerbell), the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, Chicago Cubs, and the New York Yankees!