North Hampton School Administration
I am very happy to be part of the North Hampton School community. I share a love of the outdoors and particularly LOVE summer. I have a 23' boat that I love to spend time on in the summer (spring and fall too!) I love to swim, go to the beach, hike, just a little, and walk. In the winter, I like to knit and walk outdoors. I have 2 grown children: a son and a daughter, who both live nearby. My favorite foods are pizza and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I like apples and pears too!
I have spent my whole career in public education, first as a bilingual teacher and later as a kindergarten teacher, then a school principal. My greatest joy comes from getting to know children and being part of their journey of growth. I hold an BA in Elementary Education and Spanish from Gettysburg College, and two Master's degrees: one in Educational Leadership from Salem State University and one in Special Education from Lesley College.
I have always loved supporting others and helping to provide students with what they need to be successful. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and then my Master’s in School Psychology from Plattsburgh State University in NY. I started my career in education as a school psychologist in Epping. Years later, I pursued my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership through Rivier University and received my certification in Special Education Administration. I then joined SAU 15 where I spent five years as Auburn’s Director of Student Services. I loved collaborating with staff and parents to provide effective support to all students. I am incredibly happy to now be a part of the North Hampton community!
When I am not working I enjoy spending time outside and exploring new places. I am eager to travel to new destinations, including states I have not yet seen, and adding new countries to the list of those I’ve already visited (countries I’ve been to currently include Canada, Mexico, France and the Azores island chain belonging to Portugal).
I live on the Lamprey River and love my back deck and patio area. Kayaking is a favorite activity of mine. As of the writing of this, I have four peaks left (Adams, Madison, North Twin and South Twin) to have completed all 48 of the 4,000 foot mountains in NH. I have also redlined the Belknap Mountain Range and Castle in the Clouds Conversation Area. This means that I have not only submitted all of the peaks, I have hiked every trail. Although my pace is slow like a turtle, I consider myself a trail runner. I have completed the Joe English Twilight Challenge half-marathon (13.1 miles) and the Gunstock Trailfest 30K (18.6 miles). I am hoping to complete the Ghost Train 30-hour ultra marathon this fall by completing 45+ miles.
My work with the talented and dedicated teachers of North Hampton is focused on the reflective and iterative cycle of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for our students’ learning. This is an exciting time in education, and I could not imagine a better place to be doing this work!
A little bit about me:
Having grown up in Texas, I attended Texas A&M and the University of North Texas, earning BAs in English and Mathematics. After moving to New England, I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, engaged in post-graduate work at the UL-SCALE Institute at Stanford University, and am currently a doctoral candidate at Plymouth State University.
My teaching experiences range from elementary enrichment to AP Calculus, and I have taught in both Texas and New Hampshire, public and private schools, and multiple content areas. While most of my teaching career took place in 5th-12th grade math classrooms, I have also enjoyed teaching middle school science and doing literacy research in elementary classrooms. I taught in both PreK-8 and high school settings and was an adjunct professor for SNHU.
I first began my work in curriculum leadership in Dallas, Texas in 2004 at the Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Most recently I was an Academic Dean for Timberlane’s secondary schools from 2014 to 2018. I have witnessed powerful advancements in education as a result of compelling research and the desire to meet the changing needs of 21st century learners. I love this work!
My husband, Steve, and I raised our family in Hampton Falls. Our two children are both proud graduates of Winnacunnet and are now off making their way in the world. Our empty nest feels less empty thanks to Cooper and Tucker, our two Golden Retrievers. I enjoy staying active, running with friends on the streets of beautiful North Hampton and skiing in Maine.