I am the youngest of two children. My older sister is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired in our home town, where both of my parents retired as educators. I initially studied sign language in junior college, but after taking a job as a substitute teacher, I realized my true passion was teaching and joined the family profession. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from New Mexico Highland University and moved to Arizona. I taught third, fourth, and fifth grade in the Cartwright and Deer Valley School Districts for 13 years. I spent one year as a math teacher for 5th and 6th graders, one year as a Gifted Instructional Coach and four years as a Gifted Cluster Teacher. I also have taught English in the Czech Republic for five summers with International Needs Network.
I loved living in Arizona but I made a huge leap of faith and followed my heart by moving to Highlands Ranch a year ago. I have enjoyed every minute of this beautiful weather and experiencing 4 seasons. I love playing and watching sports, especially softball and baseball, and have experience coaching girls basketball and softball. I like to read, craft, and spend time with my beagle Snoopy.