Since I was a little girl, in Tracy, Iowa, I always said that I would be a teacher when I grew up. Well, a number of years have passed since those days of playing school and I’m happy to say I don’t have to play school anymore. I am living my dream of being a teacher.
The year was 1989 and I had just graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio. I packed my car and headed for Hamilton Square, New Jersey to teach fifth grade. This was the best decision ever. Not only was I on the path to fulfilling my dream of being a teacher, but it’s also in New Jersey that I would meet my husband, Dave.
I taught there for three years before my husband and I decided that Iowa was the place we wanted to begin a family.
We came to Iowa in 1992 and since that time we’ve had four wonderful children and moved around a lot in Iowa and Missouri with my husband’s job at Pella Corp. In 2014 we were back in Pella and I was happy to begin teaching at Jefferson Intermediate as a 5th grade teacher. Currently, I teach language arts, but I’ve also enjoyed teaching science and math. I LOVE being a part of the Pella school system and can’t imagine teaching at anyplace better.
One of the special things I do with my classes is have Criscuolo Coffeehouse. The students present poetry to their classmates and parents that they’ve either written or memorized. After the presentations are done we celebrate with cappuccinos! What a fun way to present poetry to students!!