DRAMA TEACHER (GRADES 2-12)
I have a degree in Speech Communication: Public Address and am certified to teach Drama, Speech, English, and Spanish. I attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA.
I started my teaching career in Bogotá, Colombia at an all-girls Catholic school. I then taught English, Speech, and Drama for eight years at Lincoln High School in Des Moines. At Lincoln, I also coached and directed speech contest and plays. For eight years, I was a stay-at-home mom, during which time I created my own company, DramaTykes. Along with my four employees, I continue to teach at local daycares, preschools, and elementary schools with DramaTykes.
My husband Jim and I have two daughters, Josie and Rachel, and a canine member of the family, Coco, a mini-labradoodle.
My family loves to boat, fish, camp, and hike! I also enjoy listening to one daughter play the piano and watching the other bowl on her school's team, and watching both perform on stage! Spending time with extended family and traveling are also favorite activities.
WHY I LOVE TEACHING
I believe strongly in imparting effective communication skills to students. I love the theatre and sharing that love with students! Turning the show over to the kids so they can own it is amazing. Watching a shy child come alive on stage is very fulfilling. In addition, the magic of the backstage the night of the show is a tremendous experience I treasure with the students!!