Welcome to Graff Elementary School where grades 3 and 4 are an exciting time in a student’s life. Not only will children become aware of how they contribute to being part of a greater community, but they also make the transition of learning to read to reading to learn. It is exciting to watch their awareness of what a powerful tool this can be for gaining knowledge and to become a lifelong learner. Being part of this transformation has been the dynamic force behind my 33 years as an educator. Where else can a person work with quality colleagues to witness and appreciate what the youth of our society have the potential to achieve? It is an important process where parents, students, teachers and staff collaborate to create a safe, joyful environment that focuses on student success.
My journey to Laurel Public Schools involved 13 years as an elementary teacher in Red Lodge Public Schools, and 15 as a third grade teacher at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. My most recent educational experience was at Savage Public School where I was the superintendent for 5 years. I am a native Montanan who grew up on a farm in the eastern part of the state. Although I taught in Utah for 15 years, my heart stayed in Big Sky country and I am so glad to continue my career in the heart of this great state.
I look forward to meeting the Laurel community, and still be within sight of the river of my childhood. It brings back so many good memories, and I am certain to add more.