I grew up along the coast of Maine, attended Unity College for Environmental Science and am currently teaching 3rd grade at the Woodside Elementary School in Topsham, Maine, M.S.A.D.#75. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern Maine after completing the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP). I began a career in education in the M.S.A.D#75 district as a regular educator and have taught grades 3-5. In 2007, I gained certification as a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project and teach at their summer Young Author’s camps. I love to hear young authors read their work, and watch the confidence and pride grow as they begin to see themselves as author's. I've also been very involved in the Response to Intervention Model, and have presented numerous workshops to elementary, middle and high school staff and administrators throughout the State of Maine on the Response to Intervention model and am an instructor for the Maine Eductor's Consortium Graduate Program RTI course. From 2006-2008 I conducted workshops for the Maine Department of Education and the Center for Inquiry in Literacy entitled Differentiating Instruction Based on Data and Engaging Readers and Writers Through Multimedia. When I am not working with students and teachers I enjoy traveling with my husband and two grown children.