Hello! I graduated in 2003 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. My lifelong love for school and passion for education brought me to back to college, where I graduated in 2020 with my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Educational Technologies. I am a proud mom of three and a teacher in southern Illinois. I am fortunate to have taught Kindergarten for the past 17 years and believe in celebrating children’s unique differences. I am passionate about encouraging growth mindset and independence among young learners. Seeing the confidence and excitement on their faces when they realize they can read, solve a math problem or write a story is an amazing gift! I was blessed to grow up with parents that value education and helped develop my love for books and learning. Sharing a book with children through an interactive and expressive read aloud is one of my favorite parts of the day! I truly love creating and sharing ideas and resources with other educators and feel extremely fortunate to collaborate as part of the ETTC team.