My hometown is Altoona. Juniata Gap was the elementary school I attended. I went to Keith Jr. High School for two years and then on to Bishop Guilfoyle High School. After graduating from Penn State University I began teaching first grade at Juniata Elementary School and have been teaching the same exciting grade for the past 29 years. A lot has changed over the years, but my enthusiasm and compassion to teach remain strong. Recently, a parent of a former student took the time to share with me the many successes her daughter is achieving in college. It is moments like this that inspire me all the more. Being one of eight kids, I come from a large family and am blessed with many wonderful nieces and nephews. Family gatherings, especially during the holidays, are a big deal and greatly cherished !