I began teaching in 2008 and have been teaching at Westlake since 2012. I feel fortunate to teach world history, as that is where my passion for history began and truly lies. It started in the fifth grade while I was living in Okinawa, Japan as a child who grew up in the military. My interest in history broadened as I learned more and I now have a Master of Arts in European History.
In addition to teaching at Westlake, I also coordinate the Spelling Bee.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two spirited children, and our (senior) dog who thinks she is still a puppy. I enjoy scrapbooking, swimming, and watching sports. My favorite teams are the Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rockies. My husband and I have long lived with the ambition of seeing at least one new place every year; even if that just means going up to Aspen for the weekend, going to St. Louis to see the Rockies play the Cardinals (which we did this past summer), or the rare occasions when we can go even further and see the rest of the world.
I love history. I love teaching. And, I love sharks. (We all have our quirks, right?)
My Amazon wish list: http://a.co/9kQNlce
Interesting information about Social Studies instruction in the U.S.:
"Between 1993 and 2008, instructional minutes spent on social studies declined by nearly an hour per week, and at some elementary schools, students now receive only 20 minutes of social studies per week. But, social studies instruction is now more important than ever -- it provides students with the fundamental skills they need make smart decisions, ranging from regulating one’s own emotions to making choices that affect larger communities." (NewsELA)