My Education & Philosophy
As an experienced educator, I am committed to your child's academic, emotional and social development. I am an advocate for providing all students with opportunities to display their unique talents and leadership strengths.  I believe in honest and sincere communication, acting with integrity, respecting diversity, and owning our mistakes while recognizing the value of learning from those very same mistakes.  I strongly believe in the value of research-based philosophies such as Growth Mindset, Professional Learning Communities, The Leader in Me,Project-Based Learning, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS).
I pledge to do all that I can to provide your child a safe and caring educational environment where all students are held to high academic expectations while also empowering all students to embrace continuous learning and leadership.
The 2015-16 school year will be my 19th in education and my third as an administrator at C.T. Koontz. Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal, I taught fifth grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies here at Koontz from 2011-13. Before moving to Koontz, I taught seventh and eighth grade ELA/SS at Valley Springs Middle School from 2005-2001.  I have also taught third and fifth grade in Fairfax County Public Schools and York County Public Schools in Virginia.
My educational journey began at Fairmount Elementary School in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  I attended Highlands Junior and Senior High School in Natrona Heights, PA and graduated in 1989.  From there, I ventured to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA until I transferred in 1992 to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and a minor in Political Science.  I returned to Duquesne in 1996 to obtain my Masters of Science in Elementary Education and graduated in 1997.
In August of 2012, I completed the coursework to obtain my Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University.
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