My husband and I have been in Fort Collins since we came to CSU for college. We married after our senior years and now have 6 kids. I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Child Development, from CSU and a Masters in Elementary Education from Regis University. I have taught preschool, fourth, and second, with semester site-work in 3rd and kindergarten.
I love that students are the focus at Traut. I also believe strongly that families are the most important unit in society, so having parents actively involved in the lives and learning of their children is something special!
I love to travel and be with my family. We enjoy bike riding and I like reading and walking our two dogs, Moxie and Lexie. I play the piano and love music.
I love reading children's books and series! The Penderwicks are my favorite fictional family and I love The Lemonade War series. I enjoy Robert Fulgrum's short stories, and have written two published works myself.
With my kids... "You're killing me, Smalls!" ~from The Sandlot
From my youth... "Carpe Diem" ~from Dead Poet's Society
For my life... "Play the Sunset." ~from Mr. Holland's Opus
My philosophy has three important tenants: all students have the ability and right to learn; collaborative teams of both educators and students can have a great impact on student growth and achievement; and partnership with homes, families, community members, and peers give students the long term structure to be successful.