Ms. Sears is one of the friendly faces in the Graland library, where she works with our youngest students to help them discover the joy of reading. She feels rewarded when a student who has struggled in the past starts to get excited about books. Ask her how the Denver Broncos paid for her to go to college!
Impacting Students I love to teach poetry, even to the youngest students. We have great fun in PreK with Shel Silverstein and then they write poems of their own. I find that young children love to play with language.
Lifelong Learner Each year I attend a workshop on the latest and greatest in children's literature. Not only do we purchase many of these books for the library, but we bring back several great lessons that we can teach in PreK through Grade 4 library class.
Favorite Teaching Moment Anytime the lightbulb goes on for kids and they discover the joy of reading.
Professional Passion Making sure the library is a safe place for children and that they can see themselves in our literature.
Favorite Graland Tradition I love the Festival of Lights and Holiday Sing-Along. It is so much fun to sing as an entire community.
Favorite Author My favorite author is Pat Conroy, author of Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, Beach Music and many more great books. He was able to paint such a vivid picture of the south and of complex family life.
Favorite Childhood Memory Attending musicals and singing around the piano with my family.
Outside the Classroom I’m ... ... hosting a tea party, gardening, playing with my 13- and 10-year-old grandchildren.
Life Goal Travel to the United Kingdom.
Other than Graland, I Support ... Human Rights Campaign, American Cancer Society, Mile Hi Church
Joined Graland in... 2014
Also Known As Spark Change Advisor, Diversity and Equity Cohort Member
Hometown Denver, Colorado
Education BA in English from University of Colorado Certified Secondary Ed
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.