I was born, raised, and attended school in Pella. I graduated from Central College in 2001 with a K-6 elementary education and K-8 social studies degree and a minor in Spanish. I taught in Tracy, CA for nine years. I taught Kindergarten for six years and third grade for three years. In 2010, my husband and I moved back to Iowa to raise our children. I briefly stepped away from teaching to stay home with our two daughters, Reagan and Rachael. In 2016, I accepted a teaching position at Jefferson Intermediate and have been teaching 5th grade ever since! In 2020, I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling with my family. Our family goal is to travel to all 50 states before the girls graduate high school. In my spare time, I love to attend different community events. I also enjoy reading and spending time with family and friends.