I have been teaching in the Bethalto School District since 2001. I am married to my husband Roger, and we have two kids, Will and Matt. We enjoy having a crazy beagle named Jessie as another one of our family members. I graduated from McKendree College with a teaching certificate, then went on to get my masters at SIU/E in Elementary Education and received my Reading Specialist in 2013 from there as well. Second Grade has been my home for the past eight years at Parkside. One of the things I enjoy about our school is the great home to school connection. I love teaching Second Grade because I feel like it's the perfect age to master Reading skills.