I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. I attended Michigan State University for 2 years and transfered to the University of Iowa, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in German. I lived in Austria for two years during college, studying German and travelling through Europe. I have a Master's Degree in Secondary Education, and I am endorsed in Social Studies, English, and Gifted.
My son Shamus graduated from Venice High School, and will be attending the Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne FL. We have a chocolate lab; Hawkeye, and two black cats; Ivan and Norman. We relocated to Florida in the summer of 2014, to be near family. Before moving to Florida, I lived in Alma, Colorado, for 27 years. This will be my 12th year teaching!
Before becoming a teacher, I was a travel agent for 22 years. I love to travel, inspire people to travel, read, ride my bike, work on my gardens, and walk the beach. I speak German and some French, and have enjoyed travelling with students to Europe for the past 6 summers. I used to downhill and cross-country ski quite a bit, so I spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons (after grading papers) kayaking or going to the beach with my family. I love being outdoors and active!