I have been teaching at Hawthorn from "day one." I enjoy working in an environment where I can teach a variety of subjects and be involved in many activities. My children attendend Hawthorn for their elementary and middle school education and it has served them well. In 2018, I was honored to receive the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year award. I hold an MFA in Drama, Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. That degree (and over 20 years experience in the field) has informed my instruction as a theatre teacher in the middle school as well as the work I do in the after school creative drama program. My previous experience includes 4 years at Lehi Valley Academy, one of the few IB schoolsin the nation to offer an IB programme for K-12th grade. My favorite thing about working at Hawthorn is that by the time I teach a student in Freshman Language Arts, I have often worked with them in one setting or another. It's great to start a new year already being familiar with some of my students.