The Glendale River Hills School district beliefs state that, “Children are valued”. While that statement would seem to be a given for anyone who works in education I have learned throughout my career that this cannot be taken for granted. The district priorities are centered around the unique needs of all students both academically, socially, and emotionally. The Glendale district is a community with a clear focus on inclusion and a value for diversity. Glendale is a district that values all voices, is grounded in the collaboration and teamwork of its staff and community, and cares deeply for all of its learners.
I went into education because I feel a responsibility to give back to students in a way that my teachers gave to me. Education changed my life and I want to do that for students like me. In my first teaching job my goal was to provide a safe and supportive place where all students believed in themselves and their potential. I realized early in my career that what inspired me as a student was as much about the education I received as it was about the relationships my teachers built with me. I believe strong culture within a classroom, building or district is the foundation for student success.
Throughout my life and career I have harbored a desire and passion for working with those students who need an advocate the most. I am a leader who believes that every decision we make as educators must be in the best interests of all of our students. I have reached a point in my life where I feel that I need to be in a district and community that aligns more closely with who I am and what I believe in. I have come to work in a place that connects with my passion and purpose for education. Glendale River Hills is that place.