About Your Health Secretary

I graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in 1982.  I then attended Kirkwood Community College for their secretarial program.  I started out as a secretary/receptionist at the corporate office for a nationwide hotel chain.  Over the years, I have worked in the secretarial field for several companies in Cedar Rapids, including:  National Oats (marketing assistant); Voluntary Hospitals of Iowa/Health Enterprises (assistant to the v.p. and mobile medical units staff); and National Propane (finance secretary & marketing assistant). Although I enjoy working in the clerical field, my heart and passion has always been working with children and youth.  In 1995 I began working with children in a school setting.  For two years I worked as a teacher's assistant at Holloway House Learning Center.  I then worked at Isaac Newton Christian Academy for two more years as an assistant in their preschool program.  My family moved to Anamosa in 2002, as my husband took over pastoring a local church.  I enjoyed working with the youth at our church, while still performing clerical duties there.  During the 2010 school year, I worked as a substitute paraeducator at Strawberry Hill Elementary School.  I have been working as the Health Secretary at Anamosa Middle School since August 2011.  I am thankful to have a job that not only encompasses my skills as a secretary, but allows me to work as a caregiver to the students at AMS.  Whether assessing their illnesses, or administering medication, I strive to make the students feel calm and comfortable during their visit to the health office.   
My husband, Nathan, and I have 4 children.  We have two adult daughters who live in Cedar Rapids (Stephanie & Miranda), and twin sons (Jacob & Caleb) who attend Strawberry Hill School.  I love going to my sons' sporting events and cheering them on.  Although we live in Anamosa, we spend most of our summers on Coralville Lake boating, fishing and camping.  Family game night is usually one of the highlights of my week.
I am certified in adult/child/infant CPR, First Aid, AED, and Medication Administration.