I was born and raised in Montezuma Iowa. After graduation I attended Indian Hills Community College for two years with an A.A. degree. I continued my education at Wm Penn college where I received my BA. Degree. My first teaching job was in the Ball-Chatham School District in Illinois. I taught there for four years before returning to Iowa accepting a teaching job at Spencer Community schools for 23 years and began employment at the Nevada Middle/High School teaching Industrial Technology/PLTW in 2012.