I grew up in a Coast I Guard family and like most military families we moved frequently. Growing up I attended 9 schools in in 6 different states from Florida to Alaska. I landed in Olympia as an adult in 1985 and I now call it home. I attended South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College where I received both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters in Teaching. I completed my student teaching at South Bay and have taught here since 1998. I began teaching second grade after teaching first grade for thirteen years. I feel lucky to make my living doing something I not only enjoy but am still so engaged in.