As a small town farm girl from northern Michigan, I feel lucky to have seen and done things around the world. Sharing my experiences and my quest for learning define me.
Dedicated to scholarship, I hold an undergraduate degree from The University of Findlay and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University. Additionally, I have a post-baccalaureate certificate from Saginaw Valley State University and an associate degree from Mid Michigan College.
After college graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I lived and worked for three years in Italy. At the end of my initial enlistment, I transitioned to the Army National Guard, where I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and mobilized in defense of the National Capital Region. I retired after 20 years of service.
Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures and languages. Additionally, I like being outdoors, expanding my knowledge, and conducting genealogical research. I also have an interest in technology.
To be successful in the 21st century, students need to be digitally literate. As a lead learner, it is my responsibility to know, utilize, and model digital citizenship in the classroom.
While I don't consider myself a techie, friends, and family often seek me out for technology advice and help. I'm knowledgeable about different types of programs and software because I'm a quick learner and not afraid to try new things.
In addition to earning multiple educational technology certifications, I'm also familiar with the following categories of web 2.0 tools.
The modern mindset is global. Fortunately, I've had many opportunities for multicultural interactions. I've always been intrigued by people who are different from me.
Through personal and professional means, I've traveled extensively both domestically and internationally. The current count is 43 states and 13 countries.
But, my interest in diversity and other cultures doesn't end with travel. I've been fortunate to live and work abroad twice.
Italy. For three years, I lived and worked directly with Italians while assigned to a NATO position. The highlight of this experience was the opportunity to work with personnel from more than 10 nations. I also frequently traveled to other areas of the Italian peninsula for business (and pleasure).
Iraq. As part of a military deployment, I interacted daily with the local population. My section's sole responsibility was the direct support of Iraqi personnel at our facility.
Additionally, I've been an active volunteer in organizations focused on other cultures.
Board Member for International Relations Council Mt. Pleasant Area
Area Representative for International Student Exchange
Host of high school exchange students (2 times - Germany and Denmark)
Volunteer conversation partner for college exchange students
Along with native fluency in English, I have experience with German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Arabic. And, through work as a private tutor, I understand the special needs of English Language Learners.
To be a subject matter expert, a teacher must continually learn more about the craft of teaching and about his/her chosen fields of study. Thus, I continually seek opportunities to learn in addition to self-reflection and colleague observation.
Honors and Awards
They say it takes a village to raise a child. My thought is that the best way to get the village involved is to be involved in the village. Not only does it make the teacher a role model for the students, it also emphasizes the importance of others in the learning process. As such, I have participated in a number of community activities and organizations.
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