Thoughts and Prayers to Millard South Faculty and Students

Wednesday was a tragic day here in Omaha. There was shooting at a local high school, Millard South. Sadly we hear stories like this in the news all too frequently. Truthfully I am like many of you who hear them and dismiss them as something that won’t “happen here” or “to me”, they are all so far away. I don’t do this purposefully, it is just human nature to file these things away until it does hit home.  It’s a way to protect ourselves from the fear. Wednesday’s shooting was at a good suburban school. It was at a school that my children would have attended if we hadn’t moved a couple years ago. I have watched the news stories unfold over the last two days and my heart goes out to the victims and their families. We have lost a wonderful educator, as well as a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. I think what scares me the most is that there were no signs: no bullying, no criminal record, and no mental health issues. It seemed to come out of nowhere in a place you least expect it.

School resumed today at Millard South and I hope it was a day where healing could begin. My thoughts and prayers go out to the faculty, students, and families of the Millard School District, especially those at Millard South High.

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Welcome to The Teaching Bank blog! I guess I'll start out with a little about myself. 

My professional career began when I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University in 1995.

After graduation I was accepted to the CADRE program at the University of NE-Omaha in 1995. The CADRE Project is a nationally recognized program where teachers complete a master’s degree while working as a full time teacher in a classroom (see link at the bottom of the page for more details). I graduated from UNO's CADRE program in August 1996.

I accepted a position with the Omaha Public Schools in 1996 as a 4th grade teacher. I taught 4th grade until 1999 when I switched to 6th grade. Coursework beyond my master's includes classes in Economics education and classes on teaching of the Gifted & Talented student. 

In 2003 I created The Teaching Bank with sales on Ebay. In 2005 I contracted to sell with Sales expanded to in 2007, and to in 2010.

I have also done some Freelance Educational/Curriculum Writing, most notably for the Illinois Soybean Council’s Pod to Plate website (see link at the bottom of the page).

I am no longer a full time teacher due to health issues but I continue to write curriculum for The Teaching Bank and to work in my children's classrooms on a regular basis. 

In addition to my professional life I have a wonderful family. My husband is an award winning graphic designer and I have 3 wonderful children. I love to read and spend time with my family and pets. I am also a Disney World lover. If I am not planning a trip I am dreaming of it!