This is my thirteenth year teaching in CMS and my sixth year at McAlpine. I moved to Charlotte from Penfield, NY which is outside of Rochester (and nowhere near NYC). I graduated from a very small college called SUNY Fredonia in 2003 with my degree in education, obtained my gifted licensure in 2006, and graduated with my masters in Curriculum and Supervision in August 2008. I completed my portfolio for National Board certification and became certified in 2010. Last summer, I became a Google Certified Educator. I am a true believer in the term "lifelong learner" and know that there's so much more out there that I can do. My favorite subject to teach is math, but I also love to read. I don't think I could ever pick one book as my favorite but I've really enjoyed the Harry Potter series, anything by Roald Dahl, and even a few books actually written for adults like To Kill a Mockingbird. I have a cat named Sirius and a dog named Scout. I love anything with butterflies on it and would wear flips flops every day of my life if my toes wouldn't get too cold!