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I was born in Colorado Springs, but grew up in Widefield, which I absolutely loved. I went to South Elementary (now Venetucci Elementary), Watson Junior High, and graduated from Widefield High School--Go Gladiators! I loved growing up in a small-ish town (it was back then!) and I grew up with great people. My mom was a teacher's aid when I was in school, and she would bring home old worksheets and leftover workbooks, so I set up school in our back yard and "taught" school to the neighboorhood kids. Teaching is in my DNA.
Once I graduated from Widefield HS, I went to CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado; I came home after the first semester, homesick and shell-shocked from how big the university was. I decided to take some time off from college and explore a bit, and just about then I found an ad in the paper for work as a nanny on the east coast. I jumped at the chance, and before I knew it, I had packed my bags and headed to Connecticut where I became the live-in caregiver for a wealthy family with two little girls. It was a great experience--I lived a train ride away from New York City, and I spent many of my weekends exploring the city and learning to live on my own.
After working as a nanny, I was ready to try school again. Over the course of the next few years, I earned my B.A. in English from UCCS and then followed that with three semesters in the Teacher Education Program, graduating with a degree in English and a certificate in Elementary Education.
I spent most of my 18 years teaching middle school English Language Arts and as an instructional coach working with teachers. The 2019-2020 school year is my third year teaching 5th grade, and I absolutely love it.
I am married to the love of my life, and I have two (almost) grown children. Outside of school, my family and our three dogs are my greatest pleasure.