This will be my second year teaching middle school math and science. My finance and I recently moved to the Des Moines area this summer as he started graduate school at Des Moines University. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Level Education from Illinois State University, the other ISU. I am originally from the suburbs outside of Chicago, Illinois and come from a large family of TEN. My family is very important to me and I am grateful to Des Moines Public Schools welcoming me into their family. A little bit about me outside of the classroom is that I love to be active but also love all types of food, especially sweets. Even though I do not have any animals yet, I love dogs and cannot wait to have one or two of my own one day! I have a passion for learning which is a quality I hope to instill in all my students in both math and science. I am excited for this new school year and looking forward to supporting all my learners!
For the past 5 years I have taught 4th grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary on Des Moines’ East side. Since Math and Science are passions of mine, I decided to take a new journey and join Brody on the path to academic greatness! I am excited to teach 7th grade Math and Science this year. At home, my husband Dustin is an electrician and we have one son, Declan, who is the light of our lives. We have several furry babies- a boxer named Alli, a cat named Trouble, Snowball the guinea pig and Snickers the hamster. Away from school I love to be on stage, either acting or singing. I have been an avid arts and theatre fan my whole life. I am also a HUGE hockey fan (Go Predators!) and football fan (Go Titans!).
For three years I have been teaching 7th grade literacy at Brody; this is my tenth year in the district. Before joining the Des Moines Public Schools, I worked for the Iowa Department of Education and the West Des Moines Community School District. My husband and I moved to Iowa many years ago, and have raised twin sons who currently attend the University of Wisconsin Madison. In addition to our sons, we have four more “children:” two cats and two Cairn terriers keep us busy. In my spare time I love traveling, reading, and gardening. Recently, I fulfilled all the requirements to be a Master Gardener through the Iowa State Master Gardener program.