BioI have been teaching for 20 years. I love the excitement and enthusiasm for learning that kindergarteners posses. I have been honored as a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, received the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and serve on the Minnesota Board of Teaching. But by far, the best honor I have received is the privilege of being an influential force in a child's development. Every year, parents entrust me with their most valuable possession and I want to make sure each and every child in my classroom has every opportunity to learn and grow. My colleagues are my most valuable resource. I love collaborating with them to come up with new and creative ideas to teach our students. I am married and have four wonderful children. My family supports my teaching and willingly shares me with my students. Life is good!