NTLA is a great place to work because it is like family and it is my joy making math fun for my students. I love it when my students tell me they love math.
I was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan until I started high school here in the D/FW area. I graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2007 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This is my second year teaching at NTLA and my eighth year of teaching. Previously I taught in Fort Worth ISD and at Advantage Academy in Dallas.
I have a six-year-old named Xander that attends NTLA and is in Ms. Kelt’s Kindergarten class. We have a Chiweenie named Bella, a hermit crab named Hermie and a cat named Pumpkin.
For fun, Xander and I enjoy spending time at Six Flags, going to the Zoo or aquarium or anything that has to do with animals. Xander and I stayed at Hedrick’s Exotic Farm in Kansas where we were able to ride camels and horses, feed giraffes and interact with a variety of other animals, including goats, ostriches, lambs, and peacocks. Swimming is another favorite activity of ours. We also spend free time reading. Xander is into the “Fly Guy” series this month. We are members of a local church and I am a co-leader of a small group. I also like to cook, bake, and walk in my free time.
I enjoy traveling and discovering new places especially when I can interact with animals. I have been to 25 states and hope to eventually visit all of them. I have even been fortunate enough to do some international travel including going to Australia where I held a koala, walked on top of the Sydney Bridge, and scuba dove in the Great Barrier Reef. I have traveled all over Western Europe and also spent time in Turkey.
I like teaching at NTLA because I feel it is structured so that I can challenge my students and meet them where they are academically. The small class size adds to the family atmosphere and individual attention each student is able to receive.