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Article published March 27, 2013


Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local educator, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick.

QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher?
ANSWER: I knew I always wanted to become a teacher, but it wasn’t until I took English literature in high school that I was certain. The teacher made such an impact on me and really brought out my love for reading.
QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching?
ANSWER: I believe the key to teaching is to make every child feel successful and proud of their own individual abilities.
QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what?
ANSWER: When I am not teaching, I can normally be found walking my dog, Ellie, around the city of Pittsburgh and trying out new recipes.
QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students?
ANSWER: My wedding was held in a place a lot of students may have been to … the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.

SCHOOL: Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School
GRADE: 3rd and 4th Grade Learning Support
EXPERIENCE: 12 Years at CVE as a special-education teacher
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh
RESIDENCE: Pittsburgh
FAMILY: Husband, Ben; chocolate Lab, Ellie