The 2016-2017 school year is the beginning of my 19th year of teaching. I began teaching at the Southern Lehigh Intermediate School in September of 2009 and taught at the Southern Lehigh Middle School, as the building's reading specialist from 2007-2009. Prior to teaching in the SLSD, I taught reading for three years in the Bethlehem Area School District, and fourth grade for six years in the Pen Argyl Area School District. I earned my Reading Specialist certificate from East Stroudsburg University, my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hartford in Connectucut, and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy and Management Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Additionally, I am a Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project Fellow, and have completed leadership training in Reading Apprenticeship. Recently, I completed the Writing Specialist Certificate program from Penn State Lehigh Valley. I enjoy reading, writing, taking pictures, watching my kids' sporting events, and spending time with family and friends!