About Me

The oldest of eight children, I was destined from the start to be an educator, and I'm glad my destiny led me in this direction. Educating children has been my passion for thirty-seven years.

As the Head of the Lower School at Allendale Columbia School, my primary job is to make sure that we are meeting the needs of every student. With the vast amount of brain research done in the past ten years, educators are tuned in more than ever about how children learn. Looking at each child in terms of his/her learning style, behavioral patterns, and interests gives teachers the information they need to differentiate instruction in a way that ensures a successful and joyful learning experience for every student.

Technology has rocked the world of education in very significant ways. Our instant access to information about anything has shifted the teacher's role from one of "disseminator" of information to "facilitator" of learning. With this new definition of what it means to educate in the 21st century comes the responsibility on the part of schools to teach children how to carefully evaluate the mountains of information they receive and how to use their knowledge responsibly and respectfully.

It is important to me that there exists a strong and productive partnership between home and school. With this in mind, I invite your feedback, questions, observations, and concerns.

It's an exciting time to be an educator, and I am thrilled to be a member of the Allendale Columbia community.