Meet Mrs. Urbana

A little bit about myself - I grew up in North Dakota until my freshman year of High School. I have lived in the Denver metro area since 1984 and think there is no better place than Colorado. I am the proud mother of two children - Madison is a freshman at LeTourneau University in Texas where she is studying mechanical engineering and playing soccer and Ben is a junior at Mountain Vista High School where he plays soccer as well. I also have two Wheaten Terriers - Calloway and Raegan, who keep me very busy. We also count a tortoise, Leo, among our family members. My husband, Andy, is a Colorado native. I have spent the last 12 years at Heritage Elementary - teaching second, fifth, and fourth grades. In my spare time I enjoy many outdoor activities such as watching soccer, snow skiing, hiking, and vacationing with my family!! I thoroughly enjoy traveling and have had the opportunity to experience many different cultures and visit tremendous sites throughout the world. I am also an avid reader and love shopping!!

Educational Philosophy

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. - Socrates (470 - 399 BC)

The student is the focus of the classroom; learning is a cooperative task. Every student must be made to feel like a valued and respected member of the classroom community and culture. All students are capable of learning, and all students have something to contribute. Greater diversity leads to increases in the depth of learning. Teaching is a process of encouraging students to make connections between their real world experiences and subject matter. Teaching must be matched to a student's learning style. It is important for a teacher to know their learner, know multiple approaches to teaching, and to be flexible and varied in order to ensure a quality classroom experience.