Educational Background:  
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  After graduating college I decided to go back to school to pursue a career in teaching and went on to earn a Masters of Art in Teaching from National Louis University.  I recently attained my Level 4 Early Childhood Credential.

Number of Years Teaching:  4

Family and Pets: 
have been married to my husband Matt for 17 years.  We have 4 children, Mia (14), Leo (12), Neve (10) and Carmel (7).   We also have a spunky little dog named Scout.  

List five values you wish to pass onto children:  

  • Respect for others and themselves
  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Determination
  • Possess a sense of responsibility

What do you like about yourself? 
I like to laugh and always try to appreciate the little things in life.

What did you want to be when you were little?  
When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian.  I have always loved animals, the outdoors and nature.

Why is community important to you?  
Community is so important because people need to feel connected to a greater good and to know that other people around them are invested in the same interests and goals as they are, whether those interests are a school, a neighborhood, a group of local merchants, or a public library.  Community is what brings people together and keeps people connected.  

How are you an active member of your community? 
I stay active in my community by volunteering at my children’s school and our family’s church, shopping at local stores and getting out and meeting and getting to know my neighbors.  To me it’s essential for my children to grow up knowing that they are part of a larger community that is full of people from many diverse backgrounds and developing a sense of a greater community, knowing that we are all connected.