is my 37th year as a teacher at Kolling! I graduated from Valparaiso University
and hold a master's degree from Purdue. Over the years, I have taught 3rd
grade, 4th grade, and of course 2nd grade. Second
grade will always be my favorite!
Five years ago, my
husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Greece. We have 2 children: Tony, who graduated from Rose-Hulman as a Mechanical Engineer in 2012,
and Melanie, who graduated from UIndy in 2014 and Purdue University as a Pharmacist in May, 2018.
We also have
a Yorkshire terrier named Zoe.
Here is a picture of us at Melanie's wedding in 2017.
Here is a picture of us from 2013
and in August, 2009 in Michigan.
are some things you might like to know about me.
*Favorite colors: teal, crystal blue, and pink
*Favorite foods: pizza, salmon, grilled chicken Caesar
salad, spaghetti, filet mignon, double-baked potatoes, iced tea
*Favorite treats: Tony's
brownies, Melanie's strawberry jello-pretzel dessert, watermelon, Walker's Scottish
Shortbread cookies, strawberries, Culver's chocolate frozen custard, Edy's strawberry ice cream
*Favorite things to do: read books and watch my
kids' soccer and basketball games.
*Hobbies: collecting Liddle
Kiddles, dolls from when I was a little girl. Here are my favorites,
from left: Liz Locket, Telly
Viddle (she came with a liddle
TV set), and Slipsy Sliddle
(she reminds me of my daughter when she was young!).
*Other collections: Hallmark ornaments (Frosty
Friends and 8 other series), Teddy bears, snow globes, Trixie Belden books, Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies
*Favorite stores: Target, Barnes and Noble, Macy's, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Dress Barn, Amazon.com, and Hallmark.
*Favorite restaurants: CoopersHawk, Little Italy in Dyer, Olive Garden, Culver's, Panera Bread,
Gino's in Merrillville, Stacks in Valparaiso, and El Salto.
*Favorite books: Harry Potter series,
Sue Grafton's series, the Melanie Travis series, the Mitford series, and just about anything else I can get my hands on in the summer!
*Music: Oldies, Light rock, and Country music.
*Favorite games: Pictionary, Clue, Michigan .
*Favorite TV shows: N.C.I.S., This Is Us, The Big Bang Theory, Say Yes to the Dress, Jeopardy, America's Got Talent, and The Voice.
Older favorites are Monk, The
Brady Bunch, Smallville, MASH, Family Ties, The Wonder Years, Boy Meets World,
MacGyver, The Cosby Show, and Full House.
*Favorite movies: Back to the Future (all three),
Hoosiers, Field of Dreams, The Blind Side, Up, Harry Potter (the first three), Grease, Gone With the
Wind, National Treasure, Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Finding Nemo, The Parent Trap, Legally Blonde, Elf, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, A League
of Their Own, Troop Beverly Hills, Camelot, and Brigadoon.
*Stuff I just LOVE: my family, Crystal Lake, having hundreds of fonts on my
computer, Vera Bradley, walking, eBay, Tupperware, 68 degree sunny days,
matching sets of anything, fun colorful sweaters, math, rainbows, a clean
house and neat desk, Purell, roller coasters,
manatees, Snoopy, Teddy Bear Town, creating my website, happy endings.
*Stuff I do NOT like: spiders, scary movies, Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows, being disorganized.