I have a strong background in gymnastics, as I was a Level 9 competitive gymnast, and have been coaching gymnastics for the past fourteen years. While I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ashford University, I did initially attend Bridgewater State College for exercise science, and then American International College for physical therapy. During those years of study, I gained a wealth of knowledge about physical fitness and sports. In my past fourteen years of coaching gymnastics, I have developed curriculum for the coaches, run summer camps, trained staff, and taught all ages ranging from one-year-olds through high school aged gymnasts. I have a lot of experience working with children of all levels and abilities of fitness. Outside of paid jobs, I have always found my niche in teaching children. I have been a part of children’s ministries, have taught Sunday School classes for the past thirteen years, and have been a camp counselor for gymnastics camps, church camps, and camps for underprivileged children. I also ran a home daycare for four years prior to teaching at CCS. I am passionate about coming alongside parents and playing a role in guiding children through these crucial years of development.
I grew up in the Springfield area, and I met my husband at a church. We just celebrated our twelve-year wedding anniversary, and we have three beautiful children together. Being a mother and a wife have been such blessings in my life! Our family loves to explore the outdoors through hikes and bike rides. We also enjoy camping, canoeing, and basically anything physically active together. I enjoy running and weight training, and I completed a sprint triathlon last year despite my intense fear of swimming in open water. I am also involved with Hope for Kids, and I also run the children’s ministry at the City Church in Springfield, MA.
I believe that children are wonderful gifts that have been entrusted to us by God to teach and guide as they grow. As a Physical Education teacher, it is my goal to teach the kids that, while we are spiritual beings, God has also given us physical bodies, and He has commanded us to honor Him with our bodies as temples of His Holy Spirit. Because God has gifted us all in different areas, I do not focus on teaching kids to be athletic superstars, but rather, I want to teach them why we should exercise and eat healthy from a Biblical perspective. Diet and exercise habits are formed in their early years and, unfortunately, our culture is filled with unhealthy approaches to, and motivations behind, eating and exercise habits. My goals are to promote teamwork, goal setting, working hard to achieve personal goals, and teaching about health and wellness from a Biblical perspective.
As a preschool teacher, I believe that the children’s first years lay the foundation of how they view themselves and the world around them. As this is their first experience with school, it is important that they find learning fun! My goal is to create a learning environment that is both safe and fun. We learn through interactive games, exploring with our hands, using and growing our imaginations, and developing Christ-like character through Bible lessons and interactions with each other. It is such a blessing to be able to teach at a school where I can keep Jesus as the foundation of our classroom.
Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”