I grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut and attended the University of Vermont, where I received my B.A. in 1990, majoring in Political Science and minoring in both Economics and American Literature. Inspired by the beauty of Colorado (and the great skiing), I moved to Boulder in 1992 to study elementary education at the University of Colorado. I completed my M.A. in 1994, with a degree in Instruction and Curriculum, focusing on the multi-cultural foundations of education, as well as English as a Second Language. I taught fifth grade at Baker Elementary School, in Denver (Adams 50 School District) for six years (1994-2000). I love teaching here at Columbine, where I have taught students from second grade through fifth grade, since 2000. In addition, I have my ESL endorsement from the State of Colorado, and I am trained by BVSD as a Literacy Interventionist. When I am not teaching, my favorite hobbies include photography, traveling, hiking, and especially reading, and playing with my daughter, Tessa. Also, I love to spend the summer at the beach on Nantucket Island.