My philosophy of education is based on the belief that a child can learn and achieve to his potential if given the opportunity. It is necessary to provide a secure learning environment built upon a strong academic foundation and the Gospel message taught to us by Jesus. Teaching strategies must take into account the learning characteristics of each child as academics are being taught. To teach the child about both responsibility to self and responsibility to others, good citizenship in both the classroom and community is of utmost importance.
As a youngster, I attended schools in the Chartiers Valley School District. Some of my fondest memories are of my days at E.L.Shepard Elementary. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, my Masters Degree in Education, and my Reading Specialist Certification all from Duquesne University.
I have been fortunate to spend my entire teaching career at Our Lady of Grace. I have been the coordinator of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Math-a-thon since it first came to our school.
A dear friend Veleda, the first person I met when I came to Our Lady of Grace, gave me some advice that I have held dear to my heart. The key to a happy day rests upon something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. The children of Our Lady of Grace have given me all three.