I am so excited to be the new ELD teacher at Cherry Drive Elementary! I truly feel that my life and work experience have led me to this position. In the beginning, I started out by volunteering for a nonprofit organization that offers English classes and community building events to immigrants. Then, I studied English and Spanish at Colorado State University and moved on to earn my Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in linguistic diversity at Regis University. My career in education has included several years working as a paraeducator and private tutor and two years teaching secondary language arts. I feel so grateful to be able to be involved in such an important and rewarding aspect of a child's life. When I am not teaching or tutoring, I am most likely hiking, dancing, doing yoga, reading, working on crafts, planning my next trip to the beach or spending quality time with my husband and feisty rescue mutt.
Many of my close relatives have shared stories about their sense of helplessness and shame because of their lack of English skills when they came to the United States. They struggled in school and it impacted their adult life too. I want to make sure that no one ever feels that way. I know how difficult it can be for ELL students, so I take my job very seriously. My goal is to use empathy, experience and research-based instructional strategies to create a collaborative learning atmosphere so that all of our students can thrive!