Degrees and Certifications:
Industrial Technology/Engineering Northern Illinois University 1985 K-9 Regular Education Certificate Western Governors University K-12 Special Education Certificate Western Governors University 2015
I am excited as I go in my third year as a Certified Teacher at Cyd Lash Academy. I have six years of experience working as a Teaching Assistant at Cyd Lash prior to becoming a teacher here. Before that, I was an engineer with a primary focus in industrial engineering and management, as well as some civil engineering. I still do consulting in the engineering field when I’m on breaks from school. My years in engineering and management provide me a real world view on teaching. I like to relate every lesson to why my students will need the skills they are learning.
I am currently back to school working on a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.
I spent 28 years in the private sector, and I can definitively say the rewards I receive as a teacher at Cyd Lash far outway any bonus check I ever received. I get to watch my students transform in our program and reach their potential.
Our classroom teaching team consists of Cathy McThenia and myself.. Mrs. Lori Smalley is the paraprofessional in my room and Mrs Bonnie Chargo is Mrs. McThenia’s paraprofessional. Amy Byrne provides our social work support services and is an integral part of our team.
Extra help for students behind or struggling is available from 2:30 - 3:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please never hesitate to contact me with your concerns or questions. My extension is 1034. Please leave a message during the day as we are in class sessions and I will get back to you as soon as possible.