I grew up in Pella and attended the Pella school system. I have been teaching in Pella full-time since 2007, and taught in Chariton prior to that. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication from Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Iowa State University. I attend Heartland Reformed Church, and enjoy reading, going to flea markets, and traveling. My husband and I have two children, Kate and Mike, and two grandchildren, Tucker and Grayson.