It’s an honor to assist Mrs. Black and her kindergarten students at CAILA as an instructional aide this year. I am a K-4 and ESL K-12 certified teacher in Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania in 2016, I served students and families in the Green Bay Area Public School District (Wisconsin) in various bilingual and monolingual classrooms over a five-year period. My interests in language arts and other languages prompted me to earn Bilingual and ESL certification to further help students achieve academic success. I received training in ALICE, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, AVMR, Bilingual Guided Reading best practices, Spanish Dictado best practices, WIDA best practices for ESL Students, and PALS and PALS Español assessment programs.

Prior to my career in education, I provided database services and automation assistance for a global software company in library management services for education, marketing services for a civil engineering company, and marketing and label design services for an agricultural chemical company. In these positions, my clear and concise writing skills helped employees operate, test and maintain database systems, assisted communities in securing State and Federal funding for engineering projects, and paved the way for a private business’s marketing strategies.

When I am not at CAILA, I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, ballroom dancing, and exploring Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley area with my husband, Rob, and my dog, Missy.