This is my 11th year teaching in North Palos School District 117 and my 10th year here at Sorrick Elementary School. I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in May of 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Sports Science. I completed my Master's Degree at Olivet Nazarene University in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Curriculum & Instruction in August of 2014. I also completed my 2nd Master's Degree in Applied Exercise Science-Fitness and Health Promotion at Concordia University Chicago. Exercise, physical fitness and sports have always been a passion for me. I figured, why not turn that passion that I have into a career and something I want to do for a living. When I started teaching PE I instantly knew this wasn't going to be a "job" for me. I look forward to coming to work every day. Seeing the students and their excitement as they come to my class gives me inspiration, excitement, and a feeling that I am actually making a difference in their lives. When working with elementary and primary students it is important that they learn things they will use now and later in life...yes even in PE class. I try and make sure students understand that qualities like sportsmanship, sharing, and working in teams are not only important in PE but in all aspects of life. This includes their regular classroom and at home. Parents, I cannot do this alone. I need YOUR help! Please make sure your child is getting at least 30-60 minutes of play per day. Not only does this benefit them physically, but studies have shown that physical activity stimulates brain activity and can help students in the classroom!