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I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be an educator. My mother taught in the Sayre School District, and I saw the joy that it brought her when she was able to help her students learn. I also discovered the difference a great teacher can make throughout my own education. Many of my teachers were great examples for me to follow.

Throughout my career, I have been involved with literacy. I am sure my own love of reading prompted that direction. It was also prompted by my concern for those who struggle. After high school, I earned a degree in Elementary Education from Mansfield State College. As I made choices to learn more, I completed Reading Specialist Certification, training in Reading Recovery, and a Master's of Education degree from Mansfield University. I have also completed sixty additional college credits primarily from classes related to reading instruction.

My first teaching experience was with seventh and eighth grade reading. I have also taught pre-first, first grade, and Title 1 reading at a variety of grade levels. I served as an Instructional Support Teacher for a number of years and as a Data Liaison during our Keystones to Opportunity five-year grant. My current roles in this district as literacy coach and Pre-K Counts liaison allow me to help our Black Knight families, educators, and students with literacy in any way I can. As Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”