Educational Background:  
University of Wisconsin-Stout, B.A. Early Childhood Education.Early Childhood Credential, Level 5

Number of Years Teaching: 
31 years; 26 years with WCNS.

Family: 
Married to Tom for 18 years; Jessica (24) Laura (16) Maggie (15)
All three are alums of WCNS.

List five values you wish to pass onto children: 

  • A love of learning
  • Sense of wonder
  • Self-confidence
  • Individuality
  • Humor

What do you like about yourself?  
I like how I can look at a situation and see both sides.  

What did you want to be when you were little?  
I always wanted to be a teacher or librarian.  I remember lining up my stuffed animals in a row and having them listen to me read a story to them.  I also remember my friend and I playing “library” with the stuffed animals and with our family members.  We had index cards with the names of books written on them and kept them in a small file box.  When someone wanted to check out a book they would write their name on a card and we would stamp it and put back into the small box. (I know I’m dating myself by referring to the card file system)

Why is community important to you?  
Community creates a sense of belonging. A community is a group of people who share ideas, beliefs or some other common values.  Here at WCNS, we have our own community that I enjoy being a part of and have been a part of for many years.  I feel comfort when I enter our school and see all the familiar smiling faces of parents, children and co-workers.  I like the feeling of knowing that I am with other people that have the same values that I have especially when it involves young children.  

How are you an active member of your community?  
I have lived and worked in Winnetka for many years.  My children started at Winnetka Community Nursery School, went through the Winnetka school system and now are at New Trier.  Over the years, I have volunteered at my children’s schools, Girl Scouts and church.  My family enjoys going to the various parks, beaches and restaurants in the community.  We have been involved with activities at the Winnetka Community House, the Park District, our church and library.  It is nice to be able to attend a lot of these activities by either walking or riding our bikes.