I was born in Waverly, IA but have lived in Colorado since I was 5. I went to elementary school in Strasburg, then middle and high school in Aurora. Go Gateway Olympians!
I studied French in high school. While a student at Colorado College, I began learning Spanish. I studied abroad in Costa Rica; after college, I learned more Spanish while working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a family resource center in Denver.
To inspire a love of learning in all students and to teach children positive social interactions that prepare them for success in a diverse, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and rapidly changing world.
You'll see me riding my bike to school most days of the year - even when it's chilly. Ironically, even though I'm a huge bicycle fan, the easiest way to learn how to pronounce my first name is to say "Car-in-the-garage."
I teach kindergarten. During the morning, I teach literacy skills in English to native English-speakers. For the rest of the day, I teach mathematics, science, and social studies to a mixed group of students in both English and Spanish.