I grew up in western Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in history, with teaching certification in both secondary history and English. Later I added broad-field social studies to my certification, as well as a M.Ed in Administration. I received my National Board Certification in Social Studies/History in 2011. I recently earned a Level 2 Advanced Google educator certification.
My first teaching assignment in Grand Haven, MI, included courses such as 20th/21st Century History, Social Problems and Anthropology. Two and a half years later, in 1998, I moved to Montana and taught Government and US History at Whitefish High School for 1.5 years. I was lucky enough to be hired by School District 6 in 1999, teaching many different social studies classes, including US History, American Government, Psychology, World Geography, Introduction to Social Studies, and Credit Recovery. I have taught English 10 and English 12, and History through Literature, which is an inquiry-based English 11 and US History hybrid. I was also recently hired 3 years ago as a lead world history teacher for the Montana Digital Academy. Currently, I am teaching American Government, Psychology and AP US History.
I have been married to my husband Eric for seventeen years. We have two sons, Sam and Zachary, who are students in this district. We have have a sweet pound puppy named Loki, and a Newfador named Cinco. Sadly, we recently lost our giant sassy and fluffy Newf, Murphy.
Outside of school, I am currently the president and manager of the Columbia Falls Community Garden, and I am serving my first term on the Columbia Falls City Council. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading, gardening, camping, "computer stuff", gem hunting, knitting, crafting soaps, salves, and balms, floating the river, hanging out on the beach and taking road trips with my family. Now I'm trying to learn to play the banjo!