I am thrilled to be at the McLean School as a 3rd grade classroom teacher! Teaching is not only a passion, it is also a family tradition. On my father’s side of the family, there has been seven generations of teachers from elementary teachers to college professors. Another family tradition was attending the University of Richmond, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science from the Robins School of Business. Three years after graduating, I opened my first gift store, Gift Temptations. The business grew and I managed three gift stores for twenty-three years. As my first child started college, I decided to pursue my interest in education after teaching Sunday school for a couple of years. I started as a substitute teacher at the Langley School in Virginia and was hired as an assistant teacher in Junior Kindergarten. From this experience, I discovered that I greatly enjoyed helping the students who learn differently. When my youngest child went off to college, I decided to return to college to learn about special education. My husband was amazed that we had three college tuition bills! While I was attending Marymount University, I continued to work as an administrative assistant at the Langley School. For my student teaching I headed to Flint Hill School because of their Learning Center. I was hired as a long term substitute for the 3rd and 4th grade Learning Center Specialist. Just as I had finished my elementary requirement, I was offered an opportunity to become a 4th grade classroom teacher in the middle of the year. I finished the high school requirement by teaching Algebra I in summer school at Flint Hill. I taught another two years as a classroom teacher with eighteen students per class. In graduate school my goal was to teach small groups or individual students with learning challenges and so I was excited to see a position available at McLean School for 3rd grade. I was able to combine my experience as a classroom teacher with my passion of working with small groups. I am delighted to be at this wonderful school and work with such caring and knowledgable teachers and administrators.