I have been a teacher in the three-year-old class at the Kirk for 16 years. I love working with young children and particularly like working with the three’s. I attended East Carolina University, many years ago, and received a degree in Child Development/Family Relations with a minor is Psychology. I have three adult children and a grandson who was born June 15, 2018, on his Mom’s 32nd birthday! I am so excited to finally be a grandma!
I am that rare Cary resident who is a native North Carolinian, I’ve lived in Cary for 27 years and NC all my life.
I enjoy NFL and college football, I am a big Carolina Panthers fan and usually attend several games during the season and am also a NC State and ECU football fan. College basketball and the NBA are also sports I enjoy. I also enjoy doing Pilates in my free time. This will be my 5th year working as a volunteer tutor with an afterschool program for Hispanic students.
In my class, the primary focus is making the children feel loved and safe. For many of the children this is their very first school experience. I know how important this is and want to make their first impression about school a positive one. We work on independent skills, social skills, conflict resolution and confidence building. You will often hear me saying in our classroom “use your words”. I think teaching children how to communicate their needs and how to express their emotions is an invaluable skill. I also enjoy sharing my faith with the children and reminding them that always they are loved by our Lord.
We play, do lots of arts and crafts (I don’t mind getting messy), read books, sing songs, play outside and just have fun.
There are several opportunities during the year for parents to come in and help with Holiday parties and you are always welcome to stop in and have lunch with your child.
I always look forward to a new school year and love meeting the new kids and families in my class. It is really such a privilege to play a part in the development of a child.