I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Drake University. I then went on to get my master’s degree from Viterbo University. I have been working in the Des Moines Public Schools for 23 years. Most of my career was spent teaching fourth-grade. This will be my fifth year working as an instructional coach in the district where I work mostly with the upper grade levels. I spend most of my free time with my husband and son. My son, Jacob, attends the University of Colorado Boulder. Go Buffalos! In my free time, I love enjoying the outdoors. I love biking, paddle boarding, yoga, and spending time with friends and family soaking up the sunshine!
I attended the University of Northern Iowa for my bachelor’s degree, then went on to continue my education at Viterbo University for my master’s degree in education. This is my 26th year working for Des Moines Public Schools. I have taught 5th grade, 2nd Grade and Intervention. This will be my second year as an Instructional Coach working mostly with 2nd and 3rd grade. My passion for education guides my everyday life in the classroom. I care about building relationships with students and teachers and believe that is the foundation for learning to take place. I have high expectations but will provide the support each and every child and teacher needs to be successful. I spend most of my free time with my family. We love to travel together and explore new places.