I'd like to introduce myself...
I am a native of Hilliard, Ohio and a 1987 graduate of Hilliard High School. I attended Miami University, where I majored in elementary education with a concentration in science. However, it wasn't until I started homeschooling my four children that I discovered a passion for learning, especially in the areas of history, literature, and writing. I also truly began to understand what it meant to have a "Christian worldview" and how that should affect all areas of my life. After eleven years of homeschooling, I returned to the classroom and taught middle school and high school literature and grammar for four years at Veritas Academy. I am now in my fourth year teaching fifth and sixth grade at Shekinah, and I am loving it! Students in the intermediate grades are at such an exciting time in their lives, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. They are beginning to see the world analytically, through their own eyes, and their thoughts become more focused on the "hows" and "whys". They move away from mere memorizing and believing everything they hear, to evaluating facts and internalizing their beliefs about God, themselves, and the world around them. I immensely enjoyed my own children at this age, and continue to be blessed by the students I have interacted with here at Shekinah.
When I began teaching at Shekinah, my younger son began attending as a 8th grader. He was having such a positive experience that my daughter joined him midway through her sophomore year. She graduated in 2016 and is now attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University, studying social work and playing on the women's soccer team. My daughter was able to grow academically, enjoy opportunities in the arts (theater, music), and develop spiritually and as a student leader in ways that she may not have been able if she had been in other learning environments. My son has benefited from smaller class sizes, a variety of educational opportunities, and many caring teachers and coaches. And I have no doubt that the friendships that my children have made during their time at Shekinah will last throughout their lifetimes.
My husband Tom and I attend Agape Community Fellowship in Hilliard where I serve on the worship team. Along with those previously mentioned, we have two older children currently in college (a son, majoring in math and finance and on the baseball team at MVNU, will be graduating in May; a daughter, a junior studying nursing at Anderson University), and a Australian Shepherd named Cookie. I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring nature, reading classical literature, designing and completing home remodeling projects, playing Words with Friends, traveling, and watching my children compete in various sporting and arts events.
For current students, I will be using QuickSchools to post grades and to send emails, texts, or notes to contact parents for the remainder of this year.