Born in Ocean Shores and raised in Olympia, I attended a local private school (K-8) and then graduated from North Thurston High School. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University and later earned my Masters in Literacy from Lesley University. My teaching career began during the '95-'96 school year as a K-6 Special Education teacher in the Centralia School District. The following year, I was hired by North Thurston Public Schools and have been here ever since. Over the years, I have taught grades 1 through 4 and at Horizons Elementary as well as South Bay.