I have been in the early elementary classroom since 2005. I switched careers (from PR non-profit world) after staying home for ten years raising my three daughters. They are now twenty two, nineteen, and seventeen. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a MA in Public Communication.
After volunteering at my daughters’ preschool I found that I thrived in the classroom. I worked for three years at a public elementary school followed by six years at St. Charles School in Arlington teaching First Grade. This is my fourth year at St. Ambrose.
I obtained my VCEA license and Cathechist certification. I love teaching in Catholic schools because I can teach, train, and prepare the whole child to excel academically; while instilling a solid spiritual and moral compass in the light of Jesus Christ.
I have been a substitute teacher in the Arlington Diocese for four years, and I have also taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade CCD for many years in Alexandria. I love teaching children about our Catholic faith and watching them grow in their faith.
I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband and two dogs. We have three children and three grandchildren.
I graduated from George Mason University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies, with a concentration in Elementary Education. I am planning on pursing my Masters in Elementary Education in the near future.
From a young age, I always wanted to teach. I was blessed to be around many individuals involved in education both in my family and at the schools I attended, and their examples and encouragement led me work to achieve my goal of becoming a teacher.
I have lived in the Northern Virginia area my entire life, and attended Arlington Diocese schools for my elementary and high school years. I have been a part of the St. Ambrose community for the past four years. I have worked in both first and second grade as an instructional assistant, and have also worked in the extended day program.
I am passionate about working in a Catholic school where I can work to foster a faith filled environment for our school’s wonderful students. I am looking forward to bringing my ideas, innovations and enthusiasm into the classroom.
This will be my ninth year as a Teacher’s Aide at St. Ambrose School. St. Ambrose feels like home to me – my husband, Mike, and I have been parishioners since 1992. All five of our children graduated from St. Ambrose School – we were St. Ambrose parents from 1995 until 2013!
After undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr College, I attended Case Western Reserve Medical School. Upon completion of a 3 year residency in Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, I served 4 years in the US Army, assigned to the Pediatric Clinic at Fort Belvoir, VA.
I practiced Pediatrics part time for another 13 years before “retiring”. In 2007 I began a small business, selling crocheted items at local holiday fairs. I share my love of crochet with the students in the school’s Crochet USA club. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking, and cooking.
I am honored to be a part of the wonderful and caring staff at St. Ambrose School.
I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade again at St. Ambrose this year! My family and I are parishioners of the church as well. The faculty and families here form a supportive community that I am blessed to be a part of.
I received my Elementary Education degree from Mac Murray College in Jacksonville, IL and I taught at my childhood grade school, St. Patrick’s, before getting married and having kids. My husband is a Marine and we have moved back and forth across the country multiple times and have lived overseas in Bogotá, Colombia. We have 3 awesome children, Elizabeth 19, Megan 18, and William 14. While they were growing up I was a soccer/softball/volleyball coach, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, classroom volunteer, CCD teacher and substitute teacher. Now I am back in the classroom full time. In my “spare” time I love to watch my kids participate in their various activities, read, coach sports, practice my Spanish, and watch movies. I am really looking forward to working with your children and helping them grow socially, academically and in their faith!