I am a rarity and by that I mean that I am a Colorado native. There are not too many of us left so if you are a native be proud of it. I graduated from Bear Creek HS in 1995. When I graduated I enlisted in the US Army Reserves, where I served as a weapons and supply specialist. I attended the University of Denver where I majored in physical geography with an emphasis in meteorology and climatology. I also played lacrosse for DU. When I graduated from DU, I moved to Arizona and worked as an environmental lobbyist. I quickly learned that the field of politics was not for me. After two years of extreme heat in Arizona, I made a move back to Colorado. Sometimes you just don't realize how great something is until you leave it!
When I returned to Colorado, I began working for Colorado State Parks as a Park Ranger. I spent 7 seasons at Chatfield State Park. During that time, I went back to school to obtain my teacher certification from Metro State College of Denver. Shortly after I finished my certification, I landed a job back at Bear Creek HS. During my first year of teaching at Bear Creek, I decided to go back to school to earn my masters degree. I attended the University of Phoenix where I earned a masters of science degree in counseling with an emphasis in school counseling.
When I'm not teaching, I love to be outdoors, hiking, biking, camping etc... I have competed in two triathlons and a half marathon which will took place in Kauai in September 2010. In the fall of 2011, I hiked the Grand Canyon from the north rim to the south rim in a single day. This was one of the most mentally and physically challenging adventures I have completed. I have two dogs, Charlie and Hugo. They are my babies! I also love to travel whenever I can. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Italy, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. I think that there is just so much to see in the world and I want to take advantage of every opportunity I have to see what the world has to offer. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family!