2, 4, 6, 7, 8.
These numbers aren’t arbitrary. They each tell you a little bit about me.
2, 4, 6, 7, 8: the grades I’ve taught.
18: the total number of years I spent in a classroom.
3: how old my daughter was when I earned my Master’s degree. I was also pregnant with my son.
38: the number of miles I biked this past summer in Colorado. In one day.
There are numbers you don’t see here: how many hours I’ll spend researching materials to find the newest, most innovative resources for teachers and administrators so they don’t have to. I’ve never been one to color inside the lines, and my work at Gentryrose is no different; I don’t present something just because it’s new, and I don’t push product.
Instead, I listen. I know that the resource each client needs varies. I have to understand the current challenges in the classroom, know what level each student is at and find the magic mix of materials that make each teacher excel. I find the hidden gems that are sometimes overlooked because they are published by smaller companies, and I sort through volumes of product to find the precise mix that I believe will work.
I know from personal and professional experiences that calculated risks pay unlimited dividends. The teachers and administrators I work best with aren’t afraid to try something new, whether it’s with just one student, a grade level or the entire school. Our ultimate payoff is the same: the spark in a student’s eyes when he or she finally grasps a concept.
Gentryrose exists because I believe that potential is too precious to waste. I know from experience as both a teacher and as a mom that kids need to be challenged, and they need to be taught how to comprehend, how to question and how to process information. My hope is that, by helping students and teachers succeed, that I make an impact that lives on past the classroom.
Washburn University, Master of Education (MEd), Curriculum and Instruction, 1997-1999
Washburn University, Bachelor of Education (BEd), Elementary Education and Teaching, 1987–1994
Owner, Gentryrose Educational Materials, established May 2006
Teacher, Auburn-Washburn USD 437, August 1993–May 2006