I started teaching in 2002, took a couple of years off to have babies, and then started at Van Buren in 2006. My sweet husband and I married in 1998 and have 3 children who have grown into hardworking, fun adults. We also have 2 dogs who are our hearts' delight! I have a passion for reading, crafting, going for (easy) hikes, going to concerts, and being with my family. I enjoy traveling, but I relish being at home. Though I have only taught first grade, no two years have ever been the same. Each year has its own challenges and successes.