1. What is the best way to contact you? 
Cell phone:  217-820-2654
2. What life lessons are most important to learn in elementary school?
 I believe students in elementary school should learn how to be organized and responsible.  These things can be learned through simple tasks like packing and unpacking your own backpack in the early elementary.  As they get older, the students need to learn to be responsible for completing their own homework and being able to keep track of work that needs completed.   These type of simple lessons allow the students to learn that someone, such as Mom or Dad, are not always going to take care of their things and they are ultimately responsible for themselves.  
3. What do you teach and what grade?

I teach third grade.

4. Where did you go to college?

I initially went to the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and graduated with a degree in Accounting (1997).  I then went back to Millikin University and received my teaching certificate in 2011.

5. What or who inspired you the most to be a teacher?

I was working with young people through the JFL program and realized that I wanted to expand my involvement with them in the classroom.  I wanted to be able to work with them everyday in the classroom and help them grow and develop beyond the athletic field.  

6. What is your favorite classroom activity? 

My favorite activity is teaching our Math lessons using the SmartBoard.  This tool gives the students the ability to manipulate the data in a hand-on manner.  It also allows other students to see how their peers are thinking through problems giving them other methods that can help them understand the concepts being taught. 

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