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I have been teaching for nearly 20 years with 9 years of experience teaching middle school. I bring an excitement and a contagious passion for learning to the classroom.
B.S. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College
I grew up in Orchard Park, a quaint little Quaker town south of Buffalo, New York. I spent my summers swimming and sailing on Lake Erie, hiking and exploring the New York countryside, and visiting New York City. My experiences while growing up inspired me to make learning a daily adventure, so teaching seemed to be the perfect profession for me to share my love of learning. One of my primary missions as a teacher is to unfold the hidden treasure in each of my students! “Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” ~ Marva Collins
Newman University - Bachelor of Science in Science Education 5 - 9 Grade; Kansas State Department of Education Highly Qualified Designation in Science 5 -9 grades; Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, NY - Habitat Ecology and Diversity of Lifestyles Certification; Jason Project (Going to the Extremes Certification); Great Books Leadership Certification
Bachelor of Science - Summa Cum Laude; Presidential Scholarship; Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation Fellow (Environmental Science)
Middle School Student Council Adviser
Throughout my time working with children and families within the child welfare system, I noticed a few key components that every child seemed to need: encouragement, compassion and the feeling of being heard. Those components, along with support learning emotion regulation, conflict management and growing relationships is what I strive to bring to The Independent School. The Independent School already has such a supportive culture, it is a joy and pleasure to come to work each day!
B.S. in Psychology; M.S. in Family Therapy
I have wanted to teach since I was four years old. I love learning and making learning fun for others. I enjoy having students do things that are engaging, meaningful, and fun.
B.S. in Elementary Education from Kansas State University; The Independent School teacher for 14 years
Mark Twain said, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” I hope my students will find an intrinsic love for reading, research, and learning and understand how these skills are valuable to their future endeavors. Daily, I am inspired by my fellow faculty members and students that I teach, and in return teach me. Independent is a warm environment of people I look forward to assisting, instructing, and guiding so they may discover not only the advantages learning provides, but the unexpected, unintentional gifts.
B.S. in Elementary Education; M.S. in Informational Media
Environmental Action Club (EAC), Storytime Village Literacy Champions
Golden Apple Award
I have been teaching for 16 years, nine years at Independent, and each year is an adventure. Teaching is my passion and calling. I am continually trying to improve my approach as well as refine what I am teaching. Each year, I love getting to know the students and watching them absorb new knowledge. Getting to know students at Independent, where students want to learn more and teachers guide them, has been wonderful to be a part of during my time here. I give lectures infused with humor and hands-on activities that allow students to experience science in a new way. I try to give students a structure and ideas to help them continue learning in their future. I consider myself a life-long learner, and I enjoy nurturing that in students at the Middle School.
B.S. in Political Science; B.S. in Elementary Education with a Middle School Certificate; Master’s in Educational Technology
Girls Who Code
The Band program at The Independent School is in the midst of building a state-wide reputation for excellence, with recognized successes at the League (CPL) and State (KSHSAA) levels for the past several years. I believe (passionately!) that by providing students an opportunity to experience excellence through performance, they come to recognize and cherish that excellence and seek it out later in life.
B.M. in Trombone Performance, B.M.E in Music Education from Wichita State University; professional performance experience with LOTUS & The Delano Jazz Orchestra (local) and The Funk Bros & The Temptations/The Four Tops (regional & national)
US Band, MS Band, 6th Band, 5th Band, MS Guitar, Athletic Band
I am involved with an arts education program called Teaching Artistic Behavior that works to give students the skills they need to make artistic choices on their own, and to guide them through the use of responsive teaching.
I have taught for 23 years and haven't missed a day of work.
B.S. in K/12 P.E. Health, B.S. in Psychology (9-12) from Sterling College
High School Volleyball, Middle School Basketball, Middle School Track, Bus Driver
I have always enjoyed teaching people since I was a child. I like helping people out. It makes my day to see a lightbulb go on for the first time and the smile of growing confidence. I enjoy inspiring students to give their best effort and building a nurturing family environment.
B.A. in Early and Elementary Education in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Multisensory Grammar for special education teachers; Alphabetic Phonics and Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas; Spanish Multisensory & Structured Language Program at La Esperanza; Education Service Center, Region 19 in El Paso, Texas
Kindness Club, Hispanic Culture and Cooking
I have more than twenty years of experience and am thrilled to be joining The Independent School! I enjoy working with our students, parents, and staff.
My son, Scotty, graduated from The Independent School. I am very grateful for the many teachers and staff who helped make him the man he is today. I feel very humbled and blessed that I will be part of such an incredible family at Independent! I believe that learning should be fun, but we must work hard and get the job done! I look forward to assisting the students in English and working with the incredible teachers at Independent!
B.S. Special Education - Learning Disabilities from University of Central Oklahoma; M.S. Education from Fort Hays State University; 25+ years in education (teaching 6-College, Student Services Administration (Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Involvement, and Dean of Student Life at BCC)
Learning Chinese at The Independent School will better prepare our students for their future career success in a globalized world that is diverse and multilingual. I am pleased to help you approach the Mandarin Chinese. Working with children is my passion and my joy. I look forward to inspiring the young minds, learning Chinese language and exploring Chinese culture with them.
Experience & Education
B.E. degree and M.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from Dalian University of Technology
Lead teacher at Wichita Chinese School since 2015
Certified Consultant for Environmental Impact Assessment of China
B.M.E. Choral Conducting; M.M.E. Choral Conducting
My passion is helping others. Naturally, this has led me to teaching and working with young people. I have been a part of the Independent family for 10 years as a teacher and now as academic success coordinator. I love helping students become the best learner they can be. My philosophy is best described here: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson R. Mandela
B.A. University of Kansas African and African American Studies, M.A. Yale University African Studies, M.Ed. coursework Lesley University
I sponsor Student Council and Model United Nations and also assist EAC and Storytime Village.
As an independent school, we have the freedom to customize a unique curriculum that engages students in inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Students frequently engage in hands-on projects, working collaboratively with other students to test theories and find relevant connections between their studies and the world around them.