I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but, after some moving from place to place in early childhood, was raised primarily in Missoula, MT. I attended Hellgate High School and the University of Montana, where I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature, History, and Philosophy, with minors in Art History and Political Science, as well as some courses in Education. I was also the Fine Arts Editor of the college newspaper.
I came to a love of working with children as the oldest of 6 children who had much of the caretaking responsibility for my younger siblings. I also took some time off from college to nanny for a one year old child. Teaching has also been a long held interest for me and, while in college, I taught English as a Second Language to Hmong students at my high school alma mater. I have taken a circuitous route back to working with children and teaching, with stops along the way in commercial fishing, the restaurant industry, and paralegal claims work in the healthcare industry, but am very happy to have found my true calling here at UTCS.
I am currently taking college classes in Early Childhood Education and am about halfway toward my goal of obtaining ECE certification, and am learning so much to make me a better teacher for your children.