Hi! I love teaching first grade! I started teaching for the De Pere School District in 1996 and enjoy getting to know my students and seeing their bright smiles every day. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Health. I also earned my Master's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I believe that all children can and will learn. Every student who walks into my classroom will have a varying degree of knowledge and confidence. My goal is to create a classroom environment that fosters risk-taking where my students will understand that their ideas have value and that there is learning involved in making mistakes. My hope is that by developing a growth mindset throughout the year, each child will build the confidence to become a more successful student.