About Me

My family moved out of Wichita in 1994 to Marion, Kansas.  Talk about a culture shock!!!  I finished my last two years of high school and graduated from Marion High School class of 1996.  After high school I decided to pursue college.  I began working at Marion Elementary School as a paraprofessional and taking evening classes at Butler of Marion. I graduated from Butler County Community College with an Associate's Degree in Science.  I switched jobs to work at Butler College as an Americore VISTA on a government grant program called America Reads. I worked closely with the Marion elementary school and the public library incorporating community volunteers to help all children read. It was an AWESOME experience!!! I decided it was time to finish my degree in elementary education at Tabor College in Hillsboro.  I student taught at Centre with Mrs. Cain in the fall of 2002.  I graduated from Tabor in December 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation, I worked as a substitute teacher and stayed very busy.  This is my sixth year teaching in the Centre School District. 

I have four wonderful children. Victoria, a freshman at Manhattan Area Techl; Kaitlynn, a 7th grader;  Tyler, a 3rd grader; and a newborn Kenzie. 

I enjoy working at Centre Elementary.  Centre is the place that we call home.  I am proud to say that I work at Centre.  I enjoy working with the students and the staff here.  They are wonderful people!!  In my spare time I enjoy coaching volleyball, reading, and scrapbooking plus just spending time with my children, nieces and nephews. 

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  • Classroom Calendar

    Snacks for the week of:

    August 18th - Mrs. Nickel and Mrs. Basore

    August 22nd - 

    August 29th - 

  • Classroom Documents
  • Daily Schedule

    Kindergarten Schedule

    8:00 – 8:23 Breakfast/Free Play in Gym

    8:23 – 9:00 Calendar/Morning Meeting

    9:00 – 9:25 P.E.

    9:25 – 9:35 Bathroom Break/Change shoes

    9:35 - 10:05 Phonics & Pathways

    10:05 – 10:25 Reading Groups (Tier time)

    10:25 – 10:55 Phonics continued

    11:00 – 11:27 Lunch

    11:27 – 12:20 Reading (Tier 2 time 11:55 – 12:15)

    12:20 – 12:40 Recess

    12:40 – 1:15 Math

    1:15 – 1:45 Rest Time

    1:45 – 2:10 Music

    2:10 – 2:30 Snack

    2:30 –3:15  M & W - Centers

    T – Library & Computers

    TH - Science/Social Studies 

    F - Friday Folders/Show and Tell

    3:15 – 3:30 Clean-up/Daily Wrap-up/Load Buses

  • Classroom News/Newsletters
  • Discipline Plan

    Discipline Policy – I use a color system.  Each child starts his/her day off on green/good.  As the day progresses the color is changed if your child has behavior problems, trouble following rules, etc.  You will get a note on your child’s calendar if he/she is on any color but green.  Offenses are as follows:

    1. Warning – stay on green
    2. Pull card to yellow/ walk 5 minutes of recess
    3. Red warning/ walk 10 minutes of recess
    4. Pull card to black/ write note or call parent and walk 15 minutes of recess or depending on the action of the student possible discipline slip and report to the office


    *Please note that I will never take all of your child’s recess time.  They need that time to burn energy.  I may even have them run or walk laps around the playground to help burn some energy.  

  • Useful Links

    Kindergarten Websites

    Kindergarten Learning Games  

    Road to Reading 

    Fun Brain

    * Learning games and other fun activities.