I graduated from LaSalle High School in my hometown of Cedar Rapids. I received my B.A. from Clarke College in Dubuque, with degrees in mathematics and special education. I began teaching in 1987 and began my years at Belle Plaine in 2020. I have a sister in Cedar Rapids, and an out-of-state sister and nephew. When we are able to get together, we enjoy playing board games. In the meantime, we text each other daily.