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A Little Bit About Me

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 Personal Information:

  • Teacher, Wife, Mother, Christian, Aunt, Cousin, SIster, Niece,  Godmother
  • 1 Husband  and 3 children
  • Residence in Cascade



Oakland University (Honors College for Michigan State), Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University

B.A. M.ed and 30 credits toward a Ph.D.


Teaching Experience:

St. James Catholic                                                                 Grade 2, Grade 1,  Friday Mass Guitar

Shawnee Park                                                                        Kindergarten/K Readiness, Grade 1

Henry                                                                                   Grade 2, High risk Intervention

Campus School of Art and Literature                                       Media Specialis Library/Computer Lab

Ridgemoor Park MultiAge Program                                          Students ages 5-8

Shared Time Computers                                                         IHM 6 years, SSPP and SMLS 3 years, SPA 2 year,K-8


 Grants and Awards:

  • 1991 Greater Grand Rapids  PTA Teacher of the Year
  • Mobile Oil Grant for a  Digital Camera 1995
  • Moolie Grant for English Play at IHM 2000
  • Mollie Project MAC winner for incorporating iMovie
  • Best Buy Grant to make history come alive through Clay Animation 2001
  • ATA Scholar
  • Innovation in Technoloy Award from Michigan State University 2004 (SMLS, SSPP, SPA)
  • Michigan State University Award for Technology Design 2005(SMLS and SSPP)
  • TAPS recognition and teaching tutorials for inservice of Teacher candidates
  • Mollie Project Grant Winner for Historical Play- SS Peter and Paul
  • Grand Rapids Foundation Award for Digital Stained Glass Window History of Grand Rapids 2006 (SSPP)
  • Mi Champions Team Leader 2007-2009
  • Meemic Grant Winner for Innovative Technology Projects
  • MEA/GREA Member of the Executive Board 2008-2009 School Year
  • Presenter at MACUl Conference (mutiple occassions. More recent March 2009)
  • Set up Support forum for TTI computer through the GREA website.
  • Member of GRPS Technology Curriculum Team  (1 of 3 teachers selected)
  • Author of wiki featured on the MACUl Site
  • Published author in the UK on Technology Integration
  • Edublogger
  • Twitter following of over 100 educators
  • Provided staff development inservices for GRPS employees, St. Mark, IHM and  SS Peter and Paul.
  • Feature speaker at MAME conference

Professional Development Course Work

  • Literacy and Learning
  • Moodle- create on-line learning courses
  • 4 Blocks
  • Michigan Virtual University
  • Love and Logic
  • Affective Discipline
  • Thematic Instruction
  • Writing across the Curriculumn
  • Lary Laot School Improvement
  • Quality Schools
  • Focus Correction Areas
  • Brain Based Learning
  • 7 Principals for Effective Instruction
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Learning Styles
  • Instruction Design for on-line courses.
  • Handwriting without tears
  • AIMS Science
  • Interest Based Bargaining
  •  Project Read
  • UDl Universal design for Learning


  • Gardening
  • Quilting
  • Swimming
  • Scrapbooking






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