I grew up in Kearney, Nebraska, and graduated from UNK in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching endorsements in English and Spanish. My first teaching assignment was at Loup City High School, and I have over twenty-five years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching Spanish grades 7-12, I teach Senior English.
Looking back, the home of my youth probably had a lot to do with me choosing education as a profession. It was filled with an appreciation for literature, music, art, science and always a healthy discourse of ideas. My father was a teacher, and he instilled in me a curiosity and passion for reading, knowledge, and the exchange of ideas. Consequently, I knew from an early age that I wanted to instill in others that same curiosity and love-of-learning. I believe that a broad foundation of literature and language is essential to enriching the lives of all students.
My interests include walking, biking, reading, listening to music and watching film. I also enjoy the hobbies of drawing sketches of nature, and bird watching. Because most of my family live in Kearney, I return there regularly to visit them. I have two grown sons, and a seven-year-old granddaughter with whom I spend time whenever possible.