I have a B.S. degree in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University with majors in English, History, and Social Studies and a minor in Speech/Dramatic Arts. I graduated from CMU in December of 2003. I added a Social Studies major from Spring Arbor University in 2010, and I earned my Masters of the Arts in Education through Spring Arbor University in August of 2012. I am also a member of the National Writing Project through Tip of the Mit Red Cedar Writing Project and am trained as a teacher consultant.
In January of 2003 I went to work for an arts and technology charter school, Northwest Academy, in Charlevoix, MI. I taught English and Social Studies classes for grades 7-12 there for two years. In the summer of 2005 I was hired by Onaway Area Schools where I taught mostly 7th grade English and World Studies until I was laid off due to budge cuts in 2009. I currently teach 11th and 12th grade English and AP Psychology at Carson City-Crystal High School in Carson City, MI. I started the Advance Placement program here five years ago, and it has grown to over seventy- five students. I also was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2011. My parents are an important part of my life, and my father was a math teacher for years. I married my husband, Steven, in August of 2006. We have two daughters, Alanna and Kelsie. I enjoy spending time reading and sewing. I quilt every winter. I spend a lot of time with my family, including my brothers, their significant others, and their children. I am a very organized person, and I like those around me to be as well.