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It’s been exciting to watch the field of education evolve and change over the years. Over the last 17 ½ years I’ve been practicing the art and science of education at Sunset Middle School (SMS) in the St. Vrain Valley School District. I am grateful to be in a place of innovation and excellence. Sunset has been a school that always looks for ways to challenge and enhance the education experience for students, with the outcome of growth and achievement through the passion of learning. This spring SMS will apply to become a candidate school in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). We are confident of acceptance and look forward to the opportunities to team with the Pre-IB Program at our feeder school, Niwot H.S. We also embrace the many world opportunities available to our students through the rich, global approach to learning.
Prior to my education career, I was fortunate to experience the world of business and the rigor expected for success. My business experience includes owning and managing health clubs, working in the high-tech industry of worldwide customer service and spending over two years working at the Longmont Chamber of Commerce as Office Manager and then Programs Director. Through these experiences, I learned that the key to all ventures is open, authentic communications with strong genuine relationships.
Although I was born in Minnesota, I am from Arizona, I grew up in Camp Verde. I graduated with a BS in Speech Communications from Northern Arizona University. While I started my career path in business, I knew all my life that I wanted to be a teacher someday. I am a proud supporter of Colorado Universities. I completed my teaching degree, earned my masters degree and then a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.
I believe it takes energy and commitment to stay the course, retool when necessary and understand that each generation is different than the last. It’s a wonderful, exhilarating time to be part of the experience of growing and learning in schools. People make the world go round; together we can work in partnership and allow great things to happen for our children in public education. My door is always open.