I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Hammond, Indiana. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University of Bloomington, Indiana in 2004 with majors in biology (with honors), English, and Film Studies. In addition, I received a separate undergrad degree in education (with honors) from Indiana University in 2001. I was awarded my Masters in Science of Education from Drexel University in 2007.
Passions beyond teaching include cicadas, cinema, the band R.E.M. (as well as many other bands, especially in live-concert form), amateur photography of nature and rock concerts, and travel.