I grew up in Central Wisconsin with an outgoing, boisterous family which consisted of myself, my parents, and my three sisters. In middle school, I volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, and I loved how it allowed me to build relationships, help others, and embrace my creative side. It was right then and there that I decided I wanted to be a teacher.
I attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, near my hometown, where I received my bachelor’s degree in English Education. I began my teaching career at Kohler Public Schools where I taught sixth and seventh grade English for six years. In the fall of 2022, I made the move to teach English Language Arts at Sheboygan North High School where I have the honor of teaching down the hallway from my husband, Dan Drida.
We currently reside in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with our three energetic boys - Emmett, Spencer, and Lucas, our shaggy goldendoodle - Kody, and our two sassy cats - Moxy and Puss.
Our family enjoys being active by playing soccer, going for walks, competing in local 5k’s, or visiting the Shaw Family Playground. We also love to travel, try new flavors of ice cream at South Pier Parlor, attend Milwaukee Brewers games, or spend a night binge-watching our favorite movies.
On my days off, you can typically find me drinking my favorite Starbucks drink, organizing my pantry, chasing one of my kids, working out at the local Planet Fitness, or folding a stack of laundry that piled up during the course of the week.
In the classroom, I focus on the philosophy - “Never stop growing, because life never stops teaching.” Although there might be bumps in the road or mistakes along the way, I’m passionate about what I do as a teacher, and I strive to make sure each one of my students learns, grows, and has some fun along the way every day they step foot into my classroom.