In 1977, I graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. My major was special education and my minor was elementary subjects. In 1995, I completed a Master’s Degree program in Educational Technology and in 2002 the Principal Certification program from City University. Additionally, I completed the School Human Resource Professional Program through Western Washington University in 2005.
After graduation, I began working in the Olympia and Griffin School Districts as a paraeducator, substitute teacher and home hospital teacher while working part time in a K-8 special education classroom. In 1979, I accepted a full time special education position at Hawkins Middle School in the North Mason School District. While teaching in North Mason, I also had the opportunity to teach general education classes - 7th grade World History and Health. I also coached track and basketball. In 1990, I moved to Yelm Community Schools where I taught special education at McKenna Elementary, Mill Pond Intermediate and Yelm Middle School and general education (Health) in grades 5 and 6 at Mill Pond Intermediate and grades 10 through 12 (Library/Computer Lab, Health, World History and Math) at Yelm High School. While at Yelm High School, I also worked with the boys basketball program as the Academic Coach. In 2015, I accepted my current teaching position at Chambers Prairie Elementary where I teach special education grades 3-5. I'm really glad to be here!