This will be my fifth year at Swigert International School and my 13th year as a teacher in Denver Public Schools. Swigert has proven to be an incredibly welcoming community of students, staff, and families. I absolutely love our International Baccalaureate focus and believe that inquiry based learning is one of the most natural and rigorous forms of education that children can experience. This year I will continue in my position as a Senior Team Lead. This mixed role involves teaching English as a Second Language (Grades K-5), teaching literacy intervention (Grades 1 and 2), and coaching/supporting many teachers throughout the school. As a teacher’s coach I support teams and individual teachers with developing strong lesson plans, instructional strategies, materials, and differentiation techniques. Additionally, I work with a variety of stakeholders to host International Night and provide cultural celebrations throughout the year. I am also the school literacy specialist and find great joy in supporting students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.
In 2014 I had a wonderful year of teaching 2nd grade in room 109 and was astounded by the growth, curiosity, and love of learning that my students exhibited as well as the generosity of their parents. For the eight years prior to joining the Swigert team I taught third grade in both English and Spanish at Johnson Elementary in southwest Denver. While at Johnson Elementary I started a community garden, youth farmer’s market, garden club, and salad bar. I also lived, studied, and taught for one year in South Australia in a primary school program.
I have my master’s degree from DU in curriculum and instruction and I received a BA in Psychology from the University of California in Santa Cruz. When not teaching, my other job is being a mom to a 9 year old boy, a 5 year old step daughter, two Boston Terriers and a fellow teacher (Mr. Ziegler). I enjoy playing in the great outdoors. My favorite activities are snowshoeing, dancing, gardening, and camping. I also really enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, and playing the drums.