• About Me

    I’m excited to come out of retirement to join the Atkins community to teach Spanish at the high school level. I was born in Holland but lived most of my early years in Florida and the southeast. In 1980 I graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL with a bachelor’s degree in Management and a minor in Spanish. My first immersion experience was living my junior year in Barcelona, Spain. This is my 16th year teaching Spanish.

    My husband of 39 years and I have lived in WS for over 30 years where we raised our 2 daughters; both successful graduates of our public school system and NC State colleges. In my distant past I’ve been a fitness instructor and personal trainer, a Girl Scout leader and an Art teacher. My current joys are reading, dance, music, international travel, cooking, visiting our daughters in Asheville and Austin, and working in my garden.

    Being a naturally gregarious and talkative creature it absolutely delights me to be able to communicate with folks speaking the second most widely spoken language in the world…Spanish, of course!

    I love the creativity of looking for new ideas to incorporate music, art, festivals, food and humor to ignite my students’ interest in another world via its culture and language. My students will need to channel their inner child to participate in songs, chants, games and pantomime to learn and practice the language. They should also be warned that they’ll watch MANY YouTube clips of animals doing crazy things (skateboarding, playing the piano, cooking, dancing, etc.) that they will be asked to talk about….in Spanish, of course!