People always say there's a special place in heaven for middle school teachers, and I happen to believe they're right. Well, almost right.  Teaching middle schoolers IS  heaven for some of us, and when I think about my experience as an educator, I am proud (and some would say crazy) to say middle school is still my favorite place to be. 

I love teachers. It's as simple as that. I believe that teachers are hard-working, passionate, creative people--and our world is a better place because of them. Teachers have shaped every aspect of my life, and I believe it's my purpose in life to help create the supportive, nurturing, dignified learning environments for both them and their students. 

In my educational leadership roles, I have personally witnessed the impact empowered teachers have on classrooms and learning, and it's my passion to help coach and shape school leaders to continually grow their teachers--love them through the process. 

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I'm also a mama of two and a wife to my husband, Brad, who is a special education teacher himself.  I believe that educators and leaders need time and space to be more than who they are inside the school walls; we need permission to be vulnerable, loving, connected human beings.  

As a former English teacher at heart, I love writing and reading (though I'll choose nonfiction 10 out of 10 times) and I geek out over philosophical conversations about learning, leading, and loving. 

I am also an advocate for women in leadership, and am the co-creator and co-host of the podcast, Audacity Rising