Educator. Inquirer. Adventurer.

I am a creative, adventurous, and outgoing Colorado native.

I was born in Boulder, Colorado and spent my childhood in the small mountain town of Jamestown.

This community was a safe place for children to run free, exploring the surrounding mountains. Growing up in Colorado, much of our family time was spent outdoors hiking, bike riding, camping, backpacking, rafting, and skiing. After moving to Morocco, then on to Germany, with my husband Mike and our small dog Jackson, my new passion has naturally become traveling. Learning about new cultures and seeing new places will never get old for me. But after four adventurous years living as expats and twenty six countries visited, we are excited to return to Colorado and settle down.

(Summer 2003)

International Student Volunteers Program

I spent one month in Dominican Republic as a volunteer with a local community development nonprofit organization working with children and building homes, then exploring the country’s culture through outdoor adventure activities.

(Summer 2001)

Colorado Outward Bound

Two weeks sea kayaking in the Kenai Fjords, Alaska helped me develop leadership and teamwork skills while reinforcing my love for the environment.

Professional, creative classroom teacher with nine years experience.

Grade One Teacher, 2013 – Present

Bonn International School

A culturally diverse IB school located on the historic Rhein River in Bonn, Germany.

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BIS is a pre-kindergarten through grade twelve school with a population of 770 students from 67 different countries. This diversity is clear in my classroom, as I have 15 students from 14 different countries. It is an International Baccalaureate World School, and I teach the Primary Years Program (PYP). As part of this program my grade one teammate and I developed and implemented 6 integrated PYP Units of Inquiry. When I joined the school they were in the final stages of completing and adopting our language phase documents, which are the BIS version of standards and benchmarks. I served on the language committee editing, adjusting and finalizing these documents.

  • Used school developed Phase Documents to drive instruction
  • Implemented a one to one iPad program
  • Member of the Literacy Committee and Technology Committee
  • PYP exhibition mentor
  • Created student portfolios both hard copy and digital
  • Curriculum – Lucy Calkins Units of Study and Handwriting Without Tears
  • Worked with ELL students of various levels
  • Developed daily lesson plans, units and teaching materials


  • Motivated students through enthusiastic teaching and creative lessons
  • Encouraged student participation by creating a supportive and caring classroom environment
  • Encouraged parent and community involvement in the classroom
  • Created learner profiles through assessment and observation and used this data to drive instruction
  • DRA2 assessment
  • Workshop model in reading, writing and math
  • Daily 5 structure for literacy block


Kindergarten Teacher, 2011– 2013

Rabat American School

A  small American school located in the heart of Rabat, Morocco.

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RAS is an independent school that offers an American education to 450 students pre-kindergarten to grade twelve. It serves both local Moroccan families as well as the children from various companies and embassies located in Rabat. I taught the children of the Canadian, Dominican and Brunei ambassadors, as well as the prince of Bulgaria. I was a member of the language and math curriculum development committees. Each committee was tasked with developing standards and benchmarks as well as establishing exemplars and adjusting adopted curriculum to meet our students’ unique needs and the school philosophy.

  • Kindergarten department head
  • Assisted in developing a more balanced academic program
  • Curriculum – Bridges in Mathematics
  • Working with ELL students of various levels
  • Integrated technology into daily lessons
  • Developed daily lesson plans, units and teaching materials
  • Motivated students through enthusiastic teaching and creative lessons


  • Encouraged student participation by creating a supportive and caring classroom environment
  • Created learner profiles through assessment and observation and used this data to drive instruction
  • DRA2 assessment
  • Workshop model in reading, writing and math
  • Encouraged parent and community involvement in the classroom
  • Daily 5 structure for literacy block


Grade One Teacher, 2008– 2011

Niwot Elementary School – Niwot, Colorado

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  • Piloted iPod touch in the classroom and trained other teachers in their educational applications
  • Participated in a Professional Learning Community (PLC)
  • Member of the Niwot Elementary School Leadership Team
  • Curriculum – Investigations, Lucy Calkins Units of Study, Literacy By Design
  • Working with ELL students of various levels
  • Developing daily lesson plans, units, and teaching materials
  • Motivating students through enthusiastic teaching and creative lessons


  • Encouraging student participation by creating a supportive and caring classroom environment
  • Encouraging parent and community involvement in the classroom
  • Created learner profiles through assessment and observation and used this data to drive instruction
  • Use of DRA2 assessment and 6+1 traits of writing
  • Use of workshop model in reading, writing and math
  • Daily 5 structure for literacy block


Grade One & Two Teacher, 2006– 2008

Eagle Crest Elementary School – Longmont, Colorado

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  • Taught a looping class, advancing from grade one to grade two with the same students
  • Participated in the Partners in Education (PIE) program designed to help new teachers earn their masters degree
  • Curriculum – Handwriting Without Tears, Investigations, Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • Working with ELL students of various levels
  • Developing daily lesson plans, units, and teaching materials
  • Motivating students through enthusiastic teaching and creative lessons


  • Encouraging student participation by creating a supportive and caring classroom environment
  • Encouraging parent and community involvement in the classroom
  • Creating learner profiles through assessment and observation and using this data to drive instruction
  • Use of PALS and 6+1 traits of writing
  • Use of workshop model in reading, writing and math


Strengths

  • A genuine passion for teaching and children
  • Creative, outgoing, personable, articulate and professional personality
  • Dedication to professional development and growth
  • Collaboration with classroom, support and specials teachers
  • Supporting individual learning strengths
  • Working with second language students of various levels
  • Creating a supportive and caring classroom environment
  • Encouraging parent and community involvement
  • Use of assessment and observation to drive instruction
  • Implementing the workshop model in reading, writing and math
  • Small group reading instruction
  • Using technology to supplement student learning

Technology Skills

  • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Moodle: Building, updating and using Moodle page
  • Internet: E-mail and curriculum resources
  • Google: Documents, Spreadsheet, Sites, Presentation, and Form
  • Apple Products: iPod touch and iPads with educational apps, Pages and Keynote
  • Classroom Technology: Document camera with projector, voice amplification system, student computers, iPad and iPod touch, interactive whiteboard – Quick to learn new technologies and their uses

Life long learner always looking for the next challenge.

M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum (Literacy)

University of Colorado (May 2009)

  • Partners in Education (PIE) program 2006-2007
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.967

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Northern Colorado (May 2005)

  • Concentration: Fine Arts
  • Endorsement: Elementary Education
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.15

Licensure

Licensed teacher to serve elementary education K-6

  • Colorado Professional Teacher License
  • Expires November 21, 2017

Professional Development

  • PYP Reading and Writing Through Inquiry
  • European Council for International Schools (ECIS) Annual Conference
  • Making the PYP Happen
  • Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) Mathematics Specialist in International Schools Training
  • Leading Transformational Professional Development
  • Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Teaching Writing K-2
  • Guided Reading Grades 1 & 2 and Right Start Reading Instruction
  • A Step Ahead in Numeracy
  • 6 Traits Literacy Primary K-3
I look forward to another higher education degree in the future. In the meantime I continue learning through professional development, taking classes, attending conferences and learning from colleagues.

Expertise in standards development, alignment and literacy instruction.

September 2010-May 2011

District
Reading Trainer

Designed, planned and taught elementary level professional development classes to increase teachers’ knowledge of reading content and process. Classes taught included differentiation, small group, centers, Daily 5, and assessment.

January – June 2010

District Standards
Alignment Committee

Served on a team of teachers, administrators, and district directors to implement a guaranteed and viable, standards-based curriculum with fidelity and accountability, using a backwards planning process for designing a district-wide plan for grade one teachers.

2009 – 2011

Niwot Elementary School
Leadership Team

Assisted in identifying school needs, working closely with administration to plan and lead staff professional development to promote student and staff achievement.

If you have a question or a request, please get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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+49 1711 944 732

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