Meet Your Teacher
Welcome to my class website. I teach third grade at Creekside Elementary School in New Bern, NC. This year marks my 24th year of teaching. Twenty-two of those years were spent teaching third and fourth grade in Fort Pierce, Florida. After living in Florida for 35 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.
Meet my family
My husband of 36 years is Mark Routten. He retired from Florida Power and Light about 4 years ago. We have two boys. Wayne is thirty-two and lives in Colorado with his dog, Colt. He loves hiking, climbing, biking, and running. Austin (the tall one) is 23 and currently lives in New Bern. He is hoping to join the Air Force band in the near future.
Our family was made complete with the addition of Bailey. She is our twelve year old Beagle!