Originally, I am from the small, rural town of Yale, Michigan. I grew up on a centennial dairy farm that has been in my family since the mid-1800’s, working on the land and taking care of the livestock until I left to attend college. I am the youngest daughter of seven children. My father, who attended Michigan State University, in their Agricultural Program, retired from the dairy portion of our farm; however, he still crop farms the land. This peaceful place I grew up in is inherently still within my heart. Moreover, what I learned in that environment, with the strong work-ethic and camaraderie, has transferred and stayed with me until this day.
In high school, I was the center of the Yale Women's Varsity Basketball Team and a member of the Yale Women's Varsity Track Team for four years, along with being captain of the track team my senior year. In addition, I was Student Council President and highly involved in extracurricular activities at my school. Furthermore, I was honored with being named the Outstanding Female Athlete of my senior class and graduated with academic honors. My experience with two of my closest teachers at Yale High School, Mrs. Dagg, my English Teacher, and Mr. Presnell, my History Teacher is what led me on the journey to where I am today.
After high school, I received my undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, where I was enrolled in the Secondary Education Program, majoring in English and minoring in History. While at WMU, I played on a women’s basketball team in their Intramural Program. Also, I have a Masters in the Art of Teaching Degree from Marygrove College. Upon my graduation from Western Michigan University, I worked in management for a cellular company, and from there moved to employment with an IBM Business Partner, working in their education division, in which we sold CATIA and CAD/CAM hardware, software, and educational classes to Chrysler and their suppliers.
After these work experiences, I chose to pursue my true calling in teaching young adults. Since 1998, I have been teaching a variety of English and most recently United States History courses at Seaholm High School. I am extremely passionate about teaching, as well as preparing our students to be successful in reading and writing, not only at the high school level but also beyond, as they prepare for their collegiate studies.