Meet Your Teacher
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Welcome to my class website. This school year (2023-2024) will mark my 26th year of teaching. Twenty-two of those years were spent teaching third and fourth grade in Fort Pierce, Florida. After living in Florida for 36 years my husband and I decided to close that chapter and move to New Bern North Carolina. We absolutely love it here!
I knew I always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with children. Nothing excites me more than when a student accomplishes something he/she never thought possible.
I received my bachelors and Master's degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. My Master's degrees are in Reading Education and Leadership.
The highlight of my career occurred January 9, 2015 when I was presented with the Milken Educator Award. Watch that special day by clicking the picture below.
I was blessed and honored to be named Craven County's 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Meet my family
My husband of almost 40 years is Mark Routten. He retired from Florida Power and Light about 7 years ago. We have two boys. Wayne is thirty-five and lives in Boulder Colorado with his dog, Colt. He loves hiking, climbing, biking, and running. Austin (the tall one) is 26 and lives in Minneapolis. He loves camping and trail bike riding.