The 2017-2018 school marks my 20th year teaching in Portland! Love being a Raider and all the great experiences I have had here!!
I received my Bachelors of Art in Education in 1998 from WMU with a major in French and a minor in Political Science. I also spent a summer semester studying abroad in Lyon, France at the Université Catholique de Lyon and received a Certificat d'Études Françaises, Troisième Degré. I received a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from MSU in 2003.
I love being able to share my appreciation of the French language and culture with my students. Especially when we take our trips abroad with students every couple of years. Watching the students immerse themselves in the language and culture they have studied (whether it be French or Spanish) is truly rewarding.
I also love being able to encourage my students to become a generation of informed, active citizens throughout their time in my Government classes.
When I am not teaching, I can usually be found on the tennis courts coaching the JV boys or girls tennis teams! I have been involved in the PHS tennis program since the first year I was hired. I am beyond proud to be a part of this successful program and was overyjoyed to be named the 2015 Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year.
Besides teaching and coaching, my other passion is traveling. Being able to experience new cultures can only broaden our horizons and help us to appreciate the global society in which we live!