Colorado Avalanche January 2024 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
For 30 years, I’ve been a middle school teacher—eight years covering 6th-grade language arts, math, science, and social studies, followed by over two decades focusing on technology education for 6th to 8th graders.
My journey into teaching was driven by a passion to nurture young minds. I wanted to inspire and empower the next generation, which led me to choose this path. The most fulfilling aspect of teaching is witnessing students’ “”Aha!”” moments when they grasp challenging concepts. Guiding them through the ever-evolving world of technology and seeing their enthusiasm to learn and innovate has been incredibly rewarding.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
I love the speed and precision of Nathan MacKinnon.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
My favorite part of the Future Goals program is that students can see an actual application of science, math, and technology concepts. Science principles are inherent in the game, especially in understanding puck movement, velocity, and trajectories. Engineers developing high-tech materials for sticks, skates, and protective gear, enhancing player performance and safety. Technology, like video analysis and advanced statistics, aids coaches in strategizing and refining player techniques.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
I’d love to play the goalie position. Playing as a goalie in hockey offers a unique thrill of being the last line of defense, responsible for protecting the net. The position demands quick reflexes, strategic anticipation, and split-second decision-making, providing an adrenaline rush unlike any other. The challenge of thwarting opponents’ shots while being a pivotal part of the team’s defense makes the goalie position an exhilarating and rewarding role in a hockey game.