I was born in Michigan in 1980. In 1985, my father took a job with Associated Whosale Grocers in Springfield, and so my family made the very difficult decision to leave our extended family in Michigan and move to Springfield.
Though I dearly missed my family in Michigan, and spent my summers there, I greatly enjoyed my childhood in Springfield. I graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1998, and moved on to Drury University the following fall. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Drury in 2002.
After substitute teaching for a year, I accepted a postition teaching fifth and sixth grade in Pleasant Hope, Missouri. During my time there, I married my high school sweetheart, Andy, and soon after we had our daughter, Grace.
In 2007, I decided that it was time to leave Pleasant Hope. I was thrilled when I was offered the position with Willard, because it was the district I had always wanted to be a part of. During my first year in Willard, I taught 5th grade communication arts. When a need arose for an additional sixth grade teacher, I jumped at the chance, and here I am!
I currently live with my husband, daughter, and dog (Daisy) in the town of Battlefield. My daughter will be a 5th grader at Willard Intermediate this year. I enjoy reading, geocaching, Jazzercising, shopping, playing with my daughter, singing in the car, and jogging and going to the lake or camping. I love the color pink and I also love the colors black, yellow, and gray for my classroom. My favorite foods are tacos and cheesecake. My favorite book of all time is “City of Ember,” and my favorite movie of all time is “The Wizard of Oz.” My birthday is August 17th and my favorite holiday is July 4th.