I live with my husband, Tim, and fifteen year-old daughter, Holly, in St. Albans. I play the alto saxophone in a church jazz ensemble called Joyful Jazz, but I can’t improvise like most jazz players. I love organizing things, writing poetry, dry humor, planning tablescapes and party themes, and walking on the Marginal Way in Olgunquit, Maine. Since I see teaching as an art form, I tell everyone that my job is my biggest hobby!
Education and Professional Experiences
I grew up in St. Albans and graduated from BFA and St. Michael’s College. From the age of 3, I wanted to be a teacher and almost never wavered from that goal. Besides teaching for twenty years, I have worked in the field of mental health, first by managing a group home, then doing community rehabilitative work.
What has been your greatest learning experience? (in or out of school)
My greatest lesson came when I was in my twenties. After procrastinating for weeks, I had always counted on last-minute adrenalin to finish important projects on time, and I usually came through with flying colors. This didn’t happen, however, when I took a human development course at Antioch college. I did all the work except the final paper then encountered multiple obstacles in the last days before the paper was due. I didn’t complete the paper and failed the expensive class. Experiencing my first real failure, I learned that an imperfect project submitted on time is much better than a perfect one never finished.
Who do you admire and why?
I admire my daughter, Holly. She has a unique and creative personality that is not swayed by the latest trends. She writes poetry and short stories, creates films and music for the fun of it, sings, dances, draws, and acts. Even with all of these talents, the traits I admire most about Holly are her ability to stay strong in the face of adversity, hold fast to her values and goals, and to have the perfect timing necessary to add humor to even the darkest situations.
What do you love about your current WSD position and the WSD community?
I love teaching middle school in Winooski because my students keep be constantly entertained and challenged. Where else could I be paid to hula hoop, write poetry, and cross the Atlantic Ocean–all before lunch? The WSD community is accepting and flexible, the most supportive group of people for whom I have ever worked. This is why I’ve been in the district for fourteen years and plan to stay until retirement. Winooski is amazing.