I am so excited to be here at Lincoln Academy and in Utah! I was born and raised and lived all my life, until now in Melbourne, Australia. Yes……..I still have my Australian accent!! My husband, Steve and I have four amazing children – two daughters and two sons. The two girls are all grown up and still live in Australia (I miss them like crazy!!!) and the boys are here with us and are living their best lives! They love living in Utah.
From an early age, my strongest memories of myself are playing “Teacher” in my room with my teddies lined up as students. After High School in Australia, I studied Music for two years at Box Hill TAFE (the equivalent of community college in the US) and then went on to Melbourne University for four years where I earned my Bachelor of Education. I finished my degree while expecting our first child and after some time taught at a private High School. With our second child on the way we decided to take the opportunity for me to stay home to rear our children. During that time I did some substitute teaching at both local High Schools and Primary (elementary) Schools. I also ran a business from home for over 10 years.
A couple years ago, a dear friend and educator expressed to me her strong feeling that my “teaching talents” were being wasted and the classroom needed me! To be honest it surprised me! I’m so grateful to her because she inspired and empowered me to step back into teaching. I have rediscovered my passion for teaching, connecting and building strong relationships with students. I live for those “A-ha” moments and for when students feel safe, secure and empowered in their learning and therefore themselves. I love that Lincoln Academy’s mission statement so beautifully aligns with my “Why” and my passion for developing and building Teacher/Student connectedness.
Outside of school, I love spending time with new Utah friends and my beautiful family. I enjoy being creative. Fun fact – I am a singer with over 10 years of classical training. I love to sing all genres of music including Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.
I am so grateful and excited to be at Lincoln Academy and especially excited to be teaching 6th Grade – this is where my heart is!