I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, an Area of Specialization in English/Language Arts, a Reading Endorsement, and an Educational Computing Minor. I taught for ten years prior to my family moving to Pella at which time I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay home with my children. I taught kindergarten for four years in the Van Meter Community School District until my husband and I moved to Arizona. While living in Arizona I taught kindergarten for five years and 1st grade for one year in the Peoria Unified School District. My husband, Nick, works for Precision Pulley and Idler. We have two daughters, Peyton and Addison. We enjoy traveling, playing games, and cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside whether it be reading a book or doing yard work.