7th through 9th Grade
Mrs. Dickens is a Colorado native. She grew up attending school, K-12th, in her hometown of Deer Trail, Colorado. She loves sports and was a student athlete; she participated in volleyball, basketball, track, baseball and softball. While in high school, she enrolled in the initial MCC “Fifth Year” pilot program (now known as Sophomore Scholars) that allowed high school students to take college classes. She graduated high school with an Associate of Arts degree and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she graduated with two honorary Bachelor degrees and relocated back to Colorado.
Mrs. Dickens has worked in the Byers School District since August of 2013 and has slowly supplemented her wardrobe with Kelley Green.
This year, Mrs. Dickens will teach Secondary English for 7th through 9th grades and is a Student Council Sponsor. She has been a part time Social Sciences instructor for Morgan Community College for the past 10 years and will continue to teach Psychology classes for MCC as well.
Q and A
What does education mean to you?
Our high school class motto was, “Each of us has different talents, different dreams, and different destinations, but all have the same power to make a new tomorrow. “ I wholeheartedly believe that and believe we need to teach our children that. Our children will have different paths and abilities. Education is multi-faceted and is more than just classroom-specific content. If we can foster a student’s overall learning and knowledge, teach them life skills, and help them develop good character, judgment, and work ethic, I think we are educating. It does “take a village to raise a child.” Education is life long and opportunities exist in learning from mistakes.
If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
Though I wouldn’t want to be any character from the novels I’ve read, the character I would like to be most like is Jane Eyre. She is true to herself and her beliefs, humble but strong, moral, and considers the greater good before self. “She would rather take a horrible punishment than admit to doing something she is not guilty of, or to beg forgiveness for something she didn't do” and “and when she had inherited all the money and property - she chose to share it.”
I do, however, have Skippyjon Jones, reincarnate, living in my house. If you know my sons, I’m sure you know which one I’m referencing. I also house two other characters…Hulk and mini Captain America.
What is your favorite song?
I am a music addict so picking a favorite song is truly impossible for me. I am an instant fan of anything my brother sings, but aside from that, I can’t narrow anything down: pop, rock, hip-hop, dance, indie, hymns….bring it all on! Needless to say, I love my iPod.
What book are you reading now?
I’ve started reading the Harry Potter series with my children in the evenings before bedtime. If there is a book that exists that movies are based on, I have my kids read the books before watching the movies. The last series we read together was the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
What are some of your favorite quotes? Just like songs, I love quotes. My all-time favorite is the one posted below by Flavia Weedn. I have collected quotes since middle school and you will find them posted all over my office.
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people moves our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same." -Flavia Weedn
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”-Dalai Lama.
“Leadership is a choice you make rather than a place you place you sit.” –John Maxwell Company
The “Do It Anyways” quote from Mother Theresa.