DRAMA TEACHER (GRADES 2-12)
DRAMA PROPS TEACHER (GRADES 6-8)
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, bake, and hike! I also enjoy watching both of my daughters perform on stage, whether that be playing the piano, singing in choir, or performing in a play or musical! 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!!