Hello! I am beginning my 19th year teaching in the Butler Area School District, Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Over the years, I have taught Child Development, Interior Design, Sewing, Needlecrafts, Single Survival and Food & Nutrition. Presently, I teach ninth grade Interior Design and Food & Nutrition. I also teach eighth grade Family and Consumer Sciences.
I have attended Slippery Rock University, Allegheny County Community College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I earned A Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer Services (Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design). Later, I completed Post Graduate work at Seton Hill University where I earned my teaching certificate.
In my career prior to teaching, I worked in Corporate Sales, Retail Furniture Management, Retail Display, Sales Training and Professional Clothing Alterations. Additionally, I have been an active community volunteer for most of my life, and encourage my students to be active in their communities as well. Most notably, I served as a parent volunteer / chief costume designer for Perry Traditional Academy. Leading a committee composed of parents and students, we were successful in winning a Gene Kelly award (excellence in High School Musicals) for costume design.
Here, at the Intermediate High School, in addition to a variety of learning experiences that I provide for students in the classroom, I have also arranged for enriching learning experiences for students outside of our school building. Educational field trips have included travel to BASD elementary schools to provide craft or Spring Fair activities for children; Butler County Children's Center; University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms; IKEA; Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater; The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh; Philadelphia University School of Fashion Design Spring Fashion Show; JoAnn Fabrics; Seven Springs Mountain Resort - Ski Club.
I feel that my current position as a teacher allows me to draw on all of my previous work experience and share what I've learned with our students. Classroom experiences are designed to help the students gain marketable skills that will help them in their future careers. Qualities such as organization, accountability, timeliness and courtesy are also encouraged. The students who enter my classroom daily bring much joy to my life, and I hope to enrich their lives with the lessons that we share.