Class Teacher, Faculty
First, I would like to say how very excited I am to be teaching at Mountain Song Community School. All of my research has led me to believe that I have found a school which aligns with my belief system in guiding young minds and spirits through their early education. I only wish that I had made this discovery earlier in life.
I was born in Michigan but spent my earliest years in Yokohama, Japan where my father was a Lt. Colonel in the Army. My time there definitively shaped my personality and belief system. I hope to return one day.
I was four years old when we returned to the States, speaking better Japanese than English. My father then worked as a rocket scientist, which may partly explain my lifelong passion for science. My father died a year after our return stateside, and my mother moved our family to Brevard County, Florida, where the new Space Program was developing. I thought of my father each time I watched a launch and knew how proud he would have been.
Two years after our move, my mother married a widowed commercial fisherman with twins a year younger than I was. I always consider myself fortunate to have grown up on the still wild East Coast of Florida, running barefoot, camping and fishing with my four siblings on the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. This is where I developed my passion for the life aquatic.
In college, I majored in Limnology, the study of inland aquatic ecosystems. I then married and had three wonderful sons. I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, which allowed me the time to volunteer as a zoo docent and scout leader. I later returned to the University of Central Florida to earn a BS degree in Elementary Education. I absolutely loved being a teacher and knew I had found my calling. My passion for science led me to join a county cadre of teachers who developed science curricula and trained other teachers in hands-on, minds-on activities to foster a love of all things science in children. I also loved presenting at the state science conferences, running my school science fair and judging and running the county science fairs.
Disillusioned with the high-stakes testing and overuse of technology in the classroom, I retired from teaching in Florida, and moved to Colorado Springs where two of my three sons and two of my three grandchildren live. I never dreamed I would miss teaching as much as I have this past year, and I am thrilled to have discovered Mountain Song and to be teaching children again.