A Leader in Me School


Early Childhood Special Education teacher

I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 31 years.  We have two sons:  Caden is a senior at CSU, and Cayce is a junior at CSU.  They both attended Olander Elementary,  and then Polaris ELS here in Poudre School District.  We love Fort Collins and have been grateful to be able to raise our family here!


Educational and Professional Background

I have known since I was 4 years old that I wanted to be a teacher, but I got a late start at it.  When my own children were preschool aged, I earned a Bachelor's  of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at CSU.  After graduation, I started teaching  Early Childhood Special Education  in Windsor, and then started my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education at UNC.   I taught in Windsor for 8 years, and then moved to Lopez Elementary where I teach Early Childhood Special Education.

I am proud to have received the  2017 Mayor's Award for Educator of the Year from the  Fort Collins Commission on Disabilites; and the  Mary Hull  Special Educator Teacher Award in 2018- 2019. 

Personal Interests and Hobbies

My family loves to backpack camp, hike, ride the bike trails, and kayak.  

I am an avid reader, reading about 50 books a year.  I have even had a Little Free Library in my front yard for 8 years!

About My Classroom

Safe, positive, and nurturing are 3 words I would use to describe my classroom.  Individual needs and personalities are celebrated.  While students are challenged to learn and grow, they also know that is it ok to try something and be wrong- we learn more from our mistakes than through our successes!  

I look forward to working with you and your child this year!

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