Performing Arts Teacher
Favorite Quote: "The only thing better than singing is more singing." - Ella Fitzgerald
Academic Support Instructor
What I love about teaching: How excited children become when they accomplish something that was once a struggle for them - they realize they can do anything.
1st/2nd Grade Intern
I love teaching because it is almost completely impossible to have a truly bad day around these kids. I often wonder who is teaching who?
2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher
Favorite quote: “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” –Charles Dickens
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity." Amelia Earhart.
“Wanderer, there are no trails, trails are made by walking” -Antonio Machado
4th Grade Teacher & Vice Principal
Favorite quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” –Dr. Seuss
Recently read: Teach Like Your Hair Was on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith
Inspiration: Beechwood's resilient kids inspire me every single day! Their willingness to face challenges with smiles and enthusiasm fills my heart.
5th Grade Teacher
Favorite quote: “Let those who would teach us remember this: We have minds of our own, we have dignity.” –Unknown
2nd Grade Teacher
Favorite Quote: "The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers," - Thich Nhat Hanh
Service Learning Coordinator
What I love about teaching: Every day is different and the challenges that arise allow me to use creative problem solving.
Physical Education Teacher
What I love about teaching: Beechwood teachers love what we do and truly care about the well-being of each child. We are focused on producing good students as well as good citizens.
Favorite Quote: "The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Eden Philpotts
1st Grade Teacher
Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Academic Support Instructor
What I love about teaching: I love it when students become passionate about what they are learning.
6th & 7th Grade Language Arts, 6th Grade Social Studies
Inspiration: The late Jose Pantoja (my grandfather), for his dream to make more for his family and his willingness to dare and take risks.
Favorite quote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” –E.B. White
Middle School Math Teacher
Loves: Her husband, her life, family, friends
Favorite quote: “The men who hold high places must be the one’s who start, to mold a new reality closer to the heart.” – Neil Peart
Academic Support Coordinator
Favorite quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anais Nin
Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator
What Inspires Me: I draw my inspiration from all the adversity I have faced in my life. What was supposed to break me down has instead made me resilient and has put me on the path towards success and happiness.