My journey as teacher began the long way around. I graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in Political Science. I spent the next 24 years working in a bank, getting married, moving overseas, teaching pre-school, and also staying home with my 3 children. We moved back to the States in 2001 and moved to Ames in 2002. I found a job as a middle school special education associate at Nevada Middle School. While I was an associate, I went back to school at Drake University to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching degree which I received in 2005. I then went on to earn my Master of Science degree from Drake. I've been a special education teacher with the Nevada Community school district since 2007, first in the middle school and currently at the high school.