I grew up in a small town in Southeastern Iowa. I attended and graduated from college at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and returned to Burlington, Iowa, where I taught for several years. I received my Masters degree at the University of Nebraska in Educational Administration. I then spent the next 15 years in administrative roles, such as Principal, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and Curriculum Coordinator.
I returned eventually to my first love, teaching art, and this is my third year at Belle Plaine, teaching 7-12 Art.