Originally from Ohio, I earned my undergraduate degree in 1992 at Ohio University. Upon graduation, I moved to Houston, Texas where I taught one year of Fifth Grade and 4 years in Kindergarten. I moved to Colorado in 1997. From 1997-2001, I taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Adams 14 Schools. It was there that I received specialized training in Reading Intervention through a program called Success for Primary Readers (SuPR). In 2001, I joined the Adams 12 Five Star Schools at Stukey Elementary where I served as Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher, Reading Interventionist, Literacy Coach, and Colorado Reading Corps Internal Coach.
I joined Riverdale Elementary as a Kindergarten teacher in 2018, switching to Second Grade in 2021. The safari theme in my classroom was inspired by a real life safari trip that I was lucky enough to take for my honeymoon in 2019. There are so many lessons I learned from the animals and people there, that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Personally, I love living in Colorado because of the many opportunities to enjoy outdoor living through hiking, biking, skiing, and trail running with my family (Emma, Brenna, and Noah-all products of Adams 12) and dogs (Rufus-an energetic Border Collie mix, and Boris-a sweet Golden Retriever). Additionally, I enjoy SCUBA diving adventures, about which I love to share stories and photos!