I earned my undergraduate degree in Chemistry Education, with a minor in Physics Teaching, from Brigham Young University in 2000. I also my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. I have since taken many graduate credits in both biology and education. I've not taken courses specific to computer science since my undergraduate coding class, but that may be next!
As with many teachers, my first teaching position was foundational. I taught ninth grade physical science at Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, Ohio) for three years. This was a challenging and rewarding environment and I had excellent mentors. While our technology resources were scarce, I quickly became an early-adopter and sought out ways to incorporate technology into my lessons in meaningful ways.
I took several years away from the classroom as my husband and I started our family and finished our time in Cleveland. My husband’s career brought us to Nebraska, first to Lincoln and then to Wayne. I resumed teaching at Umonhon Nation Public School (Macy, Nebraska) in 2009.
In 2011, I accepted a 7-12 science teaching position at Pender Public Schools. Six years later after my initial hire, I became the district's Technology Director and have successfully expanded our 1:1 program to include every K-12 student. I actively work to facilitate quality technology practices in every classroom.
I grew up in the intermountain west and have lived in Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico. I played with computers from a young age, starting with our Commodore PET 2001n in the early eighties. I graduated from high school in 1996 from Farmington High School, in Farmington, New Mexico. After high school, I participated in a summer exchange program in Mexico. I speak fluent Spanish and translate as often as I have opportunity. I love to travel and have visited the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and many places throughout North America.
I met my husband at BYU and we have four children, ranging from ages 5-15. My husband teaches physics at Wayne State College and lives with Multiple Sclerosis. My children are brilliant and fun. My oldest two have both excelled in science, each having won numerous awards at the Nebraska state science fair. Our ten-year-old daughter has a rare genetic disorder that has caused her major health challenges that first arose during my time in the CPED program. We work hard daily to help her adapt to the ongoing changes and issues she faces. My youngest son is precocious and energetic. He just entered kindergarten and he loves it.
During my CPED years I have strived to find balance with my family, job, church, and academic work. I look forward to a bit more time reading novels, spending time outdoors, and serving in my community.