I would like to welcome all the new kindergarten students and their families to Putnam Elementary. I am looking forward to a fun filled year of learning. I spent most of the summer outside in my garden and doing other outdoor activities. I even hiked my second mountain in Colorado! I know many students are curious about their teacher, so let me tell you a little bit about myself. This will be my 20th year of teaching. In those years, I taught special education, fifth grade, fourth grade, and Kindergarten. I so enjoy teaching Kindergarten and look forward to this year! I recently married and have three grown sons, Sean, Zachary, & Spencer, and one daughter, Amy. I also have a border collie named Oliver, a yellow lab named Jack, and four chickens. I am a bit adventurous and enjoy running, mountain biking, swimming, and gardening. I also enjoy traveling anywhere I have the opportunity to go. Science. math, and reading are my favorite subjects. Most students are surprised to learn that I don't have a favorite color. Finally, one of my favorite movies is Despicable Me in part because I love the Minions!!