Title: Reading Specialist
School: Clarence Center,
Clarence Central School District
Grade Levels Taught: Grades 1-5
My Favorite Teaching Moment: My favorite teaching moment is when a student said to me, “Look, I found ‘the’ it’s everywhere!”
Why did you become a teacher?: This is not a simple answer. I started playing the piano in second grade. My mother was a pianist as well and she sat with me every day for an hour and helped me with my lessons. I also played and sang all the time just for fun. In high school my piano teacher asked me what I planned to study in college and I said, “Music.” She laughed because she said I was not a serious enough musician. So, I went to plan B. I wanted a job that would work with being a mother. I chose teaching over nursing. I was going to be a special education teacher, but the program at Baylor University was five years and I didn't want to make that commitment. I chose elementary education grades 1-8 with a concentration in Physical Education. My first job was teaching fourth grade and working with the grade’s “gifted” students. I have also taught 1st grade in three different places. I went back to school in 2005 to get my reading certification.
My role with the NFRC: Secretary, Professional Development Book Club committee member
Fun Facts: I lived in Tokyo, Japan for 6 years. During that time, I was a member of the NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children; I love professional organizations!!! I also helped my piano teacher’s daughter run a home school in our local neighborhood. Children ages 2-6 attended. I taught there and my daughter Bridget attended. After the students left, we ate soba noodle lunches that were delivered by motorcycle.
Why do you enjoy being a member of the NFRC?: I have learned so much from presenters and from the members who share their ideas. I believe I have attended all the events since joining and I am never disappointed. I always come home learning something inspirational.
How many years have you been a NFRC Member?: I have been an active member for 10 years. I joined the NFRC in the fall of 2005 and reconnected with a long lost friend, Patty Oliphant. She is the one who encouraged me to take a board position.