I grew up on a small family farm in Evansville, Indiana, with a house full of brothers and sisters. I learned the joy of relating to my family, the animals and the earth’s bounty. I returned to Evansville in 1987 and have taught at St. Joseph’s School since then. I teach second grade at St. Joe’s and try to impart to my students a respect for and joy in caring for living things: from catepillers turning into butterflies to a garden abundant with vegetables. Every spring my second graders plant a garden close to school. Over the summer I tend that garden keeping it ready for the incoming second grade. Since school has started the second grade class has been very busy with the harvest. They picked some of the final veggies and prepared a delicious soup. It is important to me to guide the students in caring for the earth by recycling, composting and gardening which they share with others.
God has blessed me from humble beginnings to the place I am today still beginning humbly every day…grateful for God’s graces in me and my students and those in need. We garden for us and to share our connection with the earth with others. We are blessed indeed.