School: Thomas Edison Elementary School, Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District
Grade Level(s) Taught:
I have taught grades K-2 and 4/5 multi-age. I was a reading teacher at one time. a long time ago, I taught various classes in the arts through Continuing Education classes. At one time I even ran a small home-based day care.
What is your favorite teaching moment?
Wow, this is hard to pinpoint because there are so many favorite moments. The one that repeats itself often is the moment when a first grader reads the directions on a paper handed to them before I read then aloud to the group and they say' "I read this! I really read this! Listen . . . " And then there is the student who, from one of these great teaching moments, has become a dear friend. The student who was an AIS reader who sought me out when she was in 6th grade and we had both had a school change to thank me for teaching her to read, who asked for a little boost of help in her first year of college and who worked harder than anyone I have ever known to be a successful student. When she invited me to her college graduation party, I have to say I felt as proud of her as I did any of my own children on their graduation days. We are still often in touch and I count her among my friends now that she is grown.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I love working with children and found, through a summer job long ago, I had a knack for connecting with students. Additionally, I became a teacher because I want to make a difference in the lives of young people and share my love of learning with them. I absolutely love the "I got it " look in a child's eye when they delight in learning something new!
What is your role with the NFRC?
Currently, I serve on the NFRC Board of Directors and am the Awards Chair. I have had many, many different roles on the Board over the years.
Why do you enjoy being a member of the NFRC?
I enjoy the professional development opportunities provided by the NFRC and look forward to the collegial conversations at NFRC events. One of my favorite events has always been the community outreach event where we give away books to kids (once known as the mall exhibit and more recently as the zoo event).
Tell us some fun facts about yourself.
When I am not doing school work, I love working on projects around the house and traveling with my best friend and husband of 36 years, Bob. I love gardening. And I love being a grandparent!
How many years have you been an NFRC Member?
I have been a member of NFRC for 26 years. When I started graduate school, my first professor handed out a flyer for the Annual NFRC Fall Mini-Conference and urged us to register. I not only registered but also joined the organization. It remains one of the best things I could have done for my professional growth.