Welcome to our classroom website! We are going to have a great year! I am happy to be your child's Kindergarten teacher! I have been teaching in Anoka-Hennepin since 2002. Prior to that I taught in Rapid City, SD, Temple Texas, and Hudson, WI. In all, I've taught for approximately 31 years. My family lives in Anoka. We have four adult children: Aaron, Christina, Jeff & Michael. My husband, David, works at Aldrich Ice Arena and Coon Rapids Ice Arena. We had been heavily involved in hockey for much of our childrens' growing years! David still plays hockey on a men's league team. Aaron now works for Century Link and has a degree in CAD and other architectural experience. He continues to play hockey, also. Christina is an animal lover and has a passion for animals. She attended Globe University for Vet Tech and she also has extensive experience with animal behavior. She works for "Whiskers to Tails Petsitting" where she is an awesome resource to pet parents when they need to leave their pets in the care of another for a short period of time. Jeff & Michael graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2014. They are Army officers currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Carson, CO with prior service in Germany and Seoul, South Korea respectively. Jeff also is an Army Ranger and an Airborne Jumpmaster. He is currently training for Special Forces at Fort Bragg. Michael is a skilled pilot on the Apache helicopter. Jeff and Michael both played on the West Point Club Hockey team (Jeff also played on an army hockey team in Germany and Michael continues to play on one in Colorado). I look forward to a great year working in partnership with you as we set forth together on this new learning adventure. I understand the joys and challenges that school brings into our lives. As a mother of four, I saw it all. I worked full time while my children were growing up. I understand how tricky it is to balance family time with doing homework. As we journey through this year together, please contact me for any support you need regarding ideas to help with encouraging the growth of your student's academic and/or social skill needs. We will have many, many opportunities to build upon what your student already knows to get them where they need to be. Most of all, this year will be one of fun and learning combined. Email or call me if you have questions or concerns anytime!