About Me

Welcome to my little corner of the internet!

The first things you should know about me:  I don't talk about "me" very well. I am a realist to the T and don't sugar coat things. But I do try to look at the positive side of things as much as possible, or at least try to find a positive spin on just about everything.

I was born to be a teacher. As a young child, I always wanted to play school with my friends. However, I never wanted to be the student! Later, I realized that the best teachers were always the best lifelong students. How thankful I am to have learned that lesson early in life.

Although I once dreamed of being a teacher, I decided to not become a classroom teacher. I did obtain my teaching degree, but circumstances changed, and I decided to teach in other ways.  

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My first students were my own children! I started teaching them as soon as they gave me a curious look or noise. I fed them whatever they were hungry for - numbers, letters, stories, animals, space, etc. They taught me so much about what it means to learn.  

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We began homeschooling in 2000, and my four kids are now in 10th, 9th, and 6th grades. I can’t believe that I have taught everything from preschool to high school!

I realized within the first 3 years of our homeschooling journey, that the books and curriculum we chose were not as important as the time we spent exploring. This is when my love for interactive learning began.  

When my children were all in their primary school years, I also taught classes to homeschool groups. Then I decided to start tutoring on the side and I fell in love!  

It was such a blessing to be able to work one-on-one with these kids who were struggling in the classroom! I quickly learned that there aren't a whole lot of resources and materials out there to support tutoring, or at least they aren't easy to find! So I began to make the things I needed to support my learners. That led me to TeachersPayTeachers.

Over the past year and a half I have made some wonderful connections with teachers, tutors, homeschooling parents, coaches, interventionists, and others who are just as passionate about teaching as I am. I've grown as an educator, and as a creator. I am now thrilled to bring all of these areas together into this site!

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