Personalized Learning Guide
(Moderate Needs Teacher)
Mentors, professors, and educators have taught me that the deepest knowledge comes from exploring, interacting, and experiencing the world around us. Educational experiences have drawn me to locations all over the globe. I’ve trekked to Machu Picchu, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, rafted the Grand Canyon, dove the reefs of Palau and Indonesia, explored cathedrals and castles in Europe, and served on numerous mission trip projects. I’ve been immersed in history and local culture, amazed by geology and fragile ecosystems, and moved by the immense strength of the human spirit.
Rumi said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” I love time spent in nature, movement, and studying new concepts experientially. And, I love that I have an incredible opportunity to be a part of the launch of Renaissance Secondary School. As an Outdoor Educator at Snow Mountain Ranch in 2001, I had my first encounter with an amazing group from REMS and I remember thinking I’d love to work in a school like that. Fast forward sixteen years and here I am. Amazing!
A Wisconsin native, I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2000 with a B.S. in Special Education, and from University of Colorado Denver in 2008 with a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction. As a Moderate Needs Teacher at Cresthill Middle School for twelve years, I loved fostering positive relationships with students, co-teaching with my colleagues, coaching golf, cross country, and track, and sponsoring student-initiated clubs. I worked collaboratively with students to focus on strengths, develop self-advocacy skills, take action in our community through service learning, and provide problem-solving team challenges to foster communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
Fresh off a “reboot” year traveling 4,300 miles with my mom, reconnecting with family and friends, xc skiing in Norway, and training to become a certified Challenge Course Facilitator, I am thrilled to embark on this new journey with such a passionate group of dedicated educators, parents, students, and community members!