I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. I spent my first two years of college at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I then transferred to Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota where I graduated magna cum laude in history and education. My post-graduate courses have included classroom management, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, teaching the gifted child, reading disabilities, theater and biology. In the past few years I have focused on expanding my history degree. I have been fortunate to have been accepted into several National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars studying immigration, the national Constitution, the Underground Railroad, the eastern textile mills, the Hudson River, the Minnesota Iron Range and Fort Snelling. The seminars have taken me to universities and sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Minnesota where I have been fortunate to work with leading historians and other passionate and enthusiastic teachers from around the country. Locally, I recently completed a three year program through the Teaching American History grant funded by the US Dept of Education. The purpose of this program was to increase content knowledge, instructional strategies and the understanding of traditional American history for teachers.
My first teaching job was
in first grade in St James, MN. I also taught various grades in both
Mountain Lake and Winona, MN. I have taught sixth grade at Loyola
Catholic School since the 2000-2001 school year.
I am the faculty advisor to the Kiwanis Builders Club, a grade 6-8 group fostering character- building through service to others.
I’ve been married to my husband, Preston, since 1977. He was ordained a deacon in the Catholic church in August 2009 after six years of preparation. We are blessed with three wonderful children, a granddaughter, and a grandson.
Loyola Catholic School, Fitzgerald Campus
110 N. Fifth St.
Mankato, MN 56001
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday ~ Pearl Buck
"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life." ~William Osler