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Greetings, parents and students!

I am thrilled to have the privilege of teaching and learning from students identified as intellectually gifted at six wonderful CMCSS elementary schools. I look forward to continuing to work with many familiar students and getting to know new ones this year.

Having majored in psychology as an undergrad, my first teaching job was as a sub during college. After realizing my passion for working with children in the classroom setting, I went on to study teaching. I earned a Master's degree from Vanderbilt, where I had supervised practicum and/or student teaching experiences in every grade level, beginning during the first term of the program. I presented my second-year capstone on gender equity in STEM education and career fields.

This year, I have the pleasure of serving a second term as Vice President and Representative for Middle TN with the Tennessee Association for the Gifted--a nonprofit advocating for gifted children in Tennessee.
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I believe in teaching all students to think critically, to demonstrate tolerance for differing viewpoints, and to express themselves creatively and with confidence. Speaking with families who know their children across situations and environments, and getting to know each student within the context of our sessions together—their classroom(s), the school, and the many other communities to which we all belong—is fascinating. Let's all do our part to make each individual’s experience as uniquely challenging as possible, while maintaining an environment that is supportive and encouraging.

Hmmm...What do we need to accomplish that?

  • Be respectful of others' differences (both in existence and views) and then you'll really learn all you can from them.
  • Be brave enough to take risks and accept mistakes (even in situations where you're not sure others will follow #1 above). Your bravery will inspire others and it just might lead to your best ideas.
  • Expand your comfort zone. Challenge yourself to approach problems from different angles.
  • Use creativity. Know the purpose of your work or set a new one that you will be more passionate about. Channel your originality to solve a problem or accomplish a task.  

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