I accepted my first teaching position in a private Lutheran school in LaPlata, MD. During the 6 years I taught there, I taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades. I began my career in Frederick County Public Schools, MD in the Fall of 1996 as a Special Education Program Assistant at Spring Ridge Elementary for a year. I continued working at Spring Ridge Elementary my 2nd year as a Title 1 Assistant. In the Fall of 1998, I was offered a 1st grade teaching position at Spring Ridge Elementary. I taught 1st grade for 5 years at SRES. In the Fall of 2003, I had the opportunity to loop with my 1st grade students, teaching them in 2nd grade. I thoroughly enjoyed the looping experience. I taught one more year in 2nd grade at SRES.
In December of 2003, I graduated from Frostburg State University with a Master's Degree in Reading. I accepted the position as Literacy Specialist at Thurmont Primary School in the Fall of 2004 where I continue to share my expertise to encourage students to work and grow in their heart, brain and body power.