I grew up in Dowagiac, Michigan, with two wonderful parents and a younger sister. I knew that I was destined to teach at a young age. During a career day, I dressed up as a teacher (as I believed a teacher would dress) in a long skirt, long-sleeved blouse, large black-rimmed glasses, and a white wig (complete with bun!) when I was in fourth grade. Though my idea of fashion has changed, I'm still just as passionate about my career.
I graduated as one of four valedictorians from Dowagiac Union High School in 2000 and continued my education at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. I have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in English and minor in physical science. Edwardsburg High School offered me my first job, and I am beginning my eighth year here. I am currently pursuing a Masters in English at Indiana University South Bend.
In addition to teaching, I have also directed the drama productions at EHS, served as an executive board member of Beckwith Theater in Dowagiac, and have been an actress at the same venue. I have also served as the JV cheerleading coach and talent show director.
My husband, Sean, is an Assistant Media Relations Director in the Athletics Department at the University of Notre Dame. This past spring we welcomed a sweet baby girl named Avery to our family. We also have two pets, a dog named Cooper and a cat named Mika.
I am also a proud member of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, an organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring teachers of English Language Arts, where I serve as Past-President. I am also active with the National Council of Teachers of English.