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I graduated from Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School in Bloomfield, Indiana in 1996.  After high school I attended the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.  I earned my B.S. in Elementary Education and my college years were filled with fun, learning, and personal growth.
 
My first teaching position landed me in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I taught at Glenns Valley Elementary in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township.  I taught 3rd grade for four years and 5th grade for two years.  Along with my teaching responsibilities I was the 5th grade boys
basketball coach for five years.  We had two undefeated seasons and won the township tournament four out of the five years.  My time at Glenns Valley helped shape who I am now as an administrator.
 
My educational career shifted from the classroom to administration when I accepted an assistant principal's position in Mitchell, Indiana.  During my first year and a half I took on two roles:  assistant principal at two elementary schools (K-2 and 3-5) and the corporation's transportation director.  My knowledge of school transportation was very limited.  I knew students arrived and departed on a bus, but after that I didn't know the first thing about transportation.  I learned quickly and learned enough to get the job done correctly but there were some serious learning curves thrown my way.  It was a huge weight off of my shoulders when the transportation director position was removed from my list of responsibilities and a full-time replacement was hired.
 
An opportunity for growth came my way when I accepted an assistant principal's position at Grandview Elementary in the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana.  I had the honor and pleasure of working with a wonderful staff and an excellent principal.  We worked great together and I learned so much from her.  I was looking forward to a long career working at Grandview Elementary, however, due to budget cuts at the state level, my position was going to be cut.  I began looking for a new position and I was hopeful something would become available in my district.
 
As fate would have it, a principal's position opened up in my district.  I applied, interviewed, and waited.  It seemed like time was standing still but I knew God had everything under control.  I put all my faith (and worries) in His hands.  Finally, the call came and I was offered the principal's position at Marlin Elementary.  When meeting with the Superintendent he asked if I would accept the position and I said, "Well, I'll have to think about it YES."  There wasn't anything to think about.  It was a great opportunity and I wasn't going to let it slip by.

My time at Marlin allowed me to learn beside some of the best teachers I have ever known.  It was my pleasure to work with those teachers, interact with amazing students, and be supported by a wonderful school community.  I worked at Marlin for three years and grew so much as an administrator.  I will forever be grateful for the people and experiences at Marlin.

Towards the end of the 2012-2013 school year, I was given an opportunity to move to a larger school in our district.  The word "bittersweet" hadn't meant a lot to me until this decision.  I was leaving a school I had grown to love for an unknown adventure.  The transition from a smaller elementary school to one with nearly double the enrollment has been a challenge, but a challenge I'm enjoying every day.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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