I grew up in Connecticut and went to the Univ. of Maryland, taught special education there for 2 years and then moved out here in 1993. My daughter, Sophia, is a senior at LHS and my son, Artie, is a sophomore at LHS. My husband, Art (who hated school) just got his PHD in school administration and works for Hawthorn 73. I am a kindergarten interventionist at Laura B. Sprague School in Lincolnshire 103. I LOVE to ride my bike to work when the weather is on my side. It's about a 10 mile ride each way. I ride the Des Plaines River Trail, which is so peaceful, I feel so ready to tackle the day when I get to work!
Group Fitness / Cycling Background:
I have always been active—an equestrian as a kid, played softball through high school, and a distance runner until a knee injury forced me to trade in my running shoes for cycling gear. I've done several century rides and even rode across Indiana (RAIN Ride) 160 miles in one day!! I LOVE indoor cycling because it brings my love of teaching, music, and that endorphin blast together! Indoor cycling is an hour or 45 minutes of intensity that I need in my day and it's a great way for me to reduce stress. Believe it or not there are a lot of pedagogical similarities between teaching 5-year-olds and teaching adults!!! I hope to be able to expand my instructional practices by teaching a strength or cardio/strength class in the near future.
Pick Me Up Song:
Born to Run, By the way (Chili Peppers), anything by Green Day
Ferris Beuler's Day Off
Post workout food:
French omelette---just eggs and dried fresh herbs
My daughter Sophia and I volunteer for a Lake County cat organization called SPAY AND STAY. They trap, spay, neuter and rerelease cats in colonies across Lake County. They find fosters for the kittens and the injured (they do not have a shelter). At first, we volunteered at locations where they have cats displayed for adoption, such as Petco. When Sophia was in middle school we would go clean up after the kittens and play with them and it was a great way for my daughter and me to stay connected at this tumultuous age. We did this for 2 years and then we started fostering litters. We've had 6 to 7 litters in the last 3 years and we have even bottle fed 2 of the litters as they came to us only 5 days old (yes, we were up every 3 hours--just like infants). It's been really rewarding and such a great way for my now teenage daughter, to connect. We've found homes for all our kitties and keep in touch with many of the adopters.
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