Welcome to my Classroom!
This will be my 5th year teaching Reading Foundations at Coon Rapids High School. I have been teaching in the school district since 2003 in various buildings. Prior to teaching, I attended college at St. Benedict's/St. John's where I earned my BA in Psychology. I then went on to continue my education at the University of Minnesota, where I worked toward my Master's degree in Special Education. While teaching special education I decided to go back one more time for my K-12 Reading License and am now focused on teaching reading here at CRHS. Reading comprehension is critical as it impacts other subject areas that students participate in all throughout high school and beyond!
When I am not teaching I enjoy getting outdoors to walk my dog, hike, garden, or just observe nature. I enjoy reading biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs ... especially stories of perseverance! I also love to laugh, so working with teens is perfect! :)
I look forward to meeting each of my new students this year and catching up with students I may have had last year!
Please feel free to call or email with questions.
Classroom Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones can be a wonderful way to access information and to communicate with one another. However, cell phones can be very disruptive to student learning and I ask that they be put away with sound off during classroom instruction, independent reading, and work time. If students finish their reading assignments before the class period is over, they are allowed to access phones as long as they are silenced and not disrupting others. If students are using phones before they are done with assignments they will be given a reminder. If phone use continues to be an issue after the reminder I will conference with the student individually to discuss the issue. Unresolved phone concerns will result in a parent or guardian phone call/email. Chronic phone issues or phone use that disrupts the learning of others will be reported to your child's assistant principal. *Students are responsible for their phones, not the teacher. If they choose to have their phone out or plugged into a charger, they are responsible for keeping track of it.
*Your child is welcome to use my classroom phone for emergencies if you choose to have your son/daughter keep their cell phone at home.