A little about me ...
I was born in Superior, Wisconsin and grew up in the Merrill/Wausau area in central Wisconsin. I returned to the Superior area during my junior year of high school and graduated in 1980 from Northwestern High School. In 1982 I joined the US Air Force as an Administrative Technician. I had two tours in Florida and one in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I was also stationed in Turkey, Korea, and Germany. After 10 years in the military, I returned to civilian life and Wisconsin. I worked for the state as a desktop publisher and then moved on to corporate America as an office manager. In 1997 I moved to St. Louis, Missouri and worked for 4 years in the beverage industry before moving to a soy-based health food ingredient company.
In 2004 I returned to school to finish my bachelor degrees and teaching certification program. I graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis with a BA in English and a BS in Secondary Education.
Prior to coming to the Phoenix Union High School District, I taught for 5 years in Parker, Arizona in both the middle school and high school. This is my fourth year at Carl Hayden and I am definitely enjoying the experience.
I have many interests, most notably traveling. I traveled a lot through many countries in Europe, including Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, and the Czech Republic; however, I still have hopes of traveling through Great Britain and Greece.
I currently have two "children", Sir Hagrid R. Puffinstuff and Dr. Hermoine S. Whitepaws, PhD, who were named after characters in one of my favorite literature series, Harry Potter.
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