I am from Coloma, Michigan, a small town in southwestern Michigan about 10 minutes from Lake Michigan. I graduated from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan) in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. While working on my bachelor's degree, I completed an immersive 6-month foreign study experience in Madrid, Spain, where I learned to speak Spanish.
After moving to Georgia, I attended Kennesaw State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Biology Education in 2007. I earned a Master of Arts Science Education, Biology degree from Western Governors University in 2016 as well as an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College in 2018.
I have been teaching at E.T. Booth since 2007 and have taught 8th grade physical science, 7th grade life science as well as reading in both 7th and 8th grade. In addition to classroom teaching, I continue to mentor E.T. Booth science research students participating in the science fair. In 2015, I received the Delta Kappa Gamma Golden Apple Award for Distinctive Service in Education and was named E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2016. I am currently serving as Science Department Chair and sponsor of E.T Booth's Ecology Club and Crochet Club.