I attended school in Waunakee, Wisconsin. When I was growing up Monona Grove was a big rival of ours. I played volleyball, softball, and ran cross country in High School. I also was in One Act and forensics. I was a member of the National Honor Society.
After I graduated from High School one of the first things I did was go sky diving before I left for Basic Training in the Army. In the Army I was tied as the 2nd best shooter in my brigade of about 250 soldiers. It took me forever to get my rifle sighted in correctly and my Drill Sgt. was not happy with me, but I never gave up and shot really well.
I joined the Army to eventually be in the Reserves as a Mental Health Specialist. During my nine months of training I was able to work with children with a large variety of needs in hospitals. When my training in Texas was done, I came back to Wisconsin to go to the University of Wisconsin Madison to be a teacher.
I worked hard and was on the Dean's List every semester I attended. I also earned some scholarships and awards during college. Since completing college, I have worked in the Waunakee, Stoughton, and Monona Grove School Districts as a 6th, 5th and 4th grade teacher respectively.
I have three children. Tate and Houston are twins in 6th grade this year. My daughter Flynn is in 3rd grade. She's been mad at past teachers for not giving enough homework :) I'm sure all of my students can relate to that...
I still play softball during the summer. I play third and second base. I love to read. This summer I listened to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which is a story about a poor girl growing up in New York in the early 1900's. She was very poor and had little food to eat regularly. It would have been very hard to grow up long ago in living conditions like that. It makes me very thankful for what I have. I also love to be on the computer learning new things and reading about new inventions, like hybrid car advances to whether or not Harrison Ford is going to make a new Indiana Jones movie.
I completed my Master's in Educational Leadership through Cardinal Stritch in the summer of 2010. My classes were at Monona Grove High School, so I felt that I was back at my rival school working on a whole new challenge! When I grow up I want to be a photographer, author, a principal and/or chef, and live somewhere warm!