B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
5 years active duty service as an officer in the United States Army
Attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Watson School of Education
ITEACH Texas Teacher Certification Program
Collegiate Professional License, Commonwealth of Virginia, Elementary Education, PreK-6th Grade
Texas Early Childhood – 6th grade Standard Teaching Certificate
English as a Second Language Supplemental EC -6 Texas Standard Teaching Certificate
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Certified

I feel blessed to be part of the Aquinas community. Each new day is a day of grace and an opportunity for my kindergarten students to grow in knowledge and faith and develop a love of learning. My goal is for all of my students to have a wonderful kindergarten experience.

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These are some things we will be working on during the first quarter of Kindergarten this new school year:

In Religion we are beginning the year of Hope in our Virtues in Practice Program, so we will explore the virtues of hope, studiousness, and humility.  The saints who will guide our way are St. Joseph, St. Albert the Great, and St. John the Baptist.  We will discuss the parts of the Mass, objects in the church, making the Sign of the Cross properly, and genuflecting to show reverence to Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament.  We will begin to learn the Our Father and Hail Mary prayers and the students will also hear and be able to retell the Creation Story.  We will start our Religion series entitled Promise which brings the message of the Gospel alive for our little ones.

In Language Arts we will start our reading program entitled Superkids.   The students will meet Superkids Cass, Oswald, Golly, Alf and Doc.  Each Superkid has a name that begins with an initial vowel or consonant sound that we will work on for each unit of study in our Superkids books.  Our lessons will be filled with songs, listening comprehension pages, and writing.  We will begin daily writing dictations and complete simple writing workshops each week.  Please look for sight word flash cards and our take home reading program.  These will be assigned as nightly homework and will help with building confidence in reading.

Our Math skills are sharpened during calendar time each day.  We are counting the days of school and learning about the days of the week and months of the year.  We use manipulatives in our math lessons and our students will begin doing pages from the math series, Saxon Math.  We will work on proper formation of numerals, number sense, and learning math vocabulary words.  We will also learn about shapes, patterns, ordinal positions, and an introduction to money and time on the hour.

At the end of the first quarter, we will look forward to talking with each of you at our parent- teacher conferences.  At that time we will discuss the results of our Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment that is given at regular intervals throughout Kindergarten year.

We look forward to a wonderful quarter with you, our wonderful Kindergarten families!