When I started teaching first grade seven years ago, I knew I was beginning a great adventure, but I had no idea of all that would be in store.
Throughout my life I have been blessed to have teachers who invested in me, believed in my best, and helped give my dreams the wings to soar. Teachers who left Forever Fingerprints on my life and now inspire me to leave Forever Fingerprints on the hearts of my students. When it comes down to it, I think that teaching is truly all about changed lives, changing lives. True life change comes through relationships, and I am so blessed that I get to spend my days investing in and making a difference in the lives of my students. They are the best part of my job! They challenge me, inspire me, and daily cause me to be the best teacher that I can be. Each one of my students holds such a special place in my heart and the Forever Fingerprints they leave on my life have changed me as well.
Last December, a new teaching adventure began when I was named the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.I am so honored and humbled to represent the amazing teachers in Pennsylvania! My responsibilities take me all around the state as I have the privilege of speaking to others about the amazing profession of which I am so blessed to be a part. Aside from giving keynotes, I enjoy giving professional development workshops at conferences, school districts, and colleges/universities. If you are interested in scheduling me to come speak at your event, please fill out this form. This year, I have been blessed to meet SO many amazing teachers in my travels. It has been exciting to see and hear about the great things that are happening in our classrooms across Pennsylvania! Whenever I go somewhere to speak I always hope teachers will leave with at least one new idea to begin implementing right away and that they will leave encouraged and re-engerized to continue the great work of investing in students’ lives and sharing their stories! Yet, I have found that when I spend time with other teachers that I am the one that is left changed! Teaching is not a solo act. Collaboration is powerful and the teachers that I have met have left me feeling like a freshly sharpened pencil–sharp and ready to go!Starting in January 2017 I will be the Pennsylvania representative for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year competition and will be traveling around the country for different engagements throughout the year. What a blessing and honor to continue sharing the message of the “Forever Fingerprints” that teachers and students leave on each others lives!
**If you live in Pennsylvania and would like to nominate a teacher for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year please fill out a nomination form today!