I was born in California, and raised in Florida from the age of 5. I attended public Elementary, Middle and High school in Orlando until midway through my Freshman year when my family moved to Howey-In-The-Hills, Fl. (Look it up; it’s a real place!) After graduating from high school 1998, I earned my A.A. degree, then headed back to Orlando to earn my B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida by December of 2006 (I’ll let you do the math).
Why did it take me so long? 1. I worked full-time in order to put myself through college. 2. I just didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up! I actually started out as an art major, but then decided it might be hard to make any money being an artist. Becoming a teacher was the next logical choice. I heard they make the big bucks! Actually, I decided in Kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher, but my passion for art took over during my formidable years in high school. However, in the end, my love for teaching won out. And finally…3. I really love learning. Really. I took so many classes that were not on my pre-req list just because I thought ‘Anatomy’, ‘Micro-Biology’, ‘Astronomy’ and ‘Pre-Calc’ sounded fun. You’ll notice there are no extra History or Writing classes listed in there. ahem…Moving on.
Teaching is what I love to do. To see one of my students have a “light bulb moment” is the greatest thing about this career. I am a certified elementary educator in grades K-6 and was an elementary teacher (grades 2-3) for five years in the public school system. Originally, I started tutoring part-time as a second job after school to help pay the bills. Turns out, I fell in love with it. I loved it so much that I wanted to make it my full-time career.