Teacher, West Park Elementary School
What brought you to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston in 2005. My husband received a job opportunity. We both graduated college at Eastern Oregon University and knew we wanted to move back to Eastern Oregon.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
My favorite place to eat in Hermiston is Ixtapa.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to spend quality time with friends and family. I keep busy by being an avid sports fan of my boys and nephews.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
I am surprised by how much Hermiston has grown! I am also surprised with how close knit the community is. I grew up in a city; therefore, a small town is an amazing place to raise a family.
What was the last book you read?
It’s hard to come up with the last book I read. I love to read books every day to my second graders.
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
Hmm, I would say Amazon and Pinterest. I love to come up with crafts and other ideas to do with my class or my own boys.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere I would take another trip to Hawaii. I enjoy the ocean and sun.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
That is a tough one. I’m a twin so I’ve had many twin stories that are funny in my lifetime. My twin also teaches second grade in a neighboring district. A student moved to West Park, from my sister’s class to my class. When he saw me on his first day he said, “(My sisters name) you followed me to my new school.” I said, “No I’m your new teacher.” He did not believe me. It was so cute and funny. I wish I had a camera because the look on his face was priceless.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
My goal is to continue to show effort and enthusiasm directly to my students. I want to continue to inspire students by demonstrating belief in my students’ abilities and by providing the support students need to meet challenging academic demands.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is being a mom. My boys are currently a sophomore and a fourth grader.