I am proud to say that I have been teaching science to Wisconsin students for over 15 years. My goal is to make WVL the premier place for science education in my birthplace of Wisconsin.
My favorite books as a child were National Geographic Magazines.
I am an outdoorsman/explorer/adventurer and I have visited just about every state park/natural area in this great state as well as almost all 50 states in the USA. (Next stop: Alaska!)
Some of my favorite adventures include: hiking the Grand Canyon, helicoptering over Hawaii volcanoes, exploring ancient Mayan temples, witnessing NASA scientists test future Mars rovers, exploring the WW2 D-Day beaches of Normandy, and exploring shipwrecks in a submarine.
Here are some fun facts about me:
I have over 14,000 views on my YouTube channel.
I once got kicked out of the White House in Washington DC.
I was part of the birthing team for the delivery of both of my sons.
I am an entrepreneur and have started up two businesses.
I once slept in an underground cave.
I once performed in front of 1000 people.
I once worked as a music promoter for Columbia Records.
I once saved a student's life in my classroom.
(everything 100% true!)
I am excited to be starting my ninth year as a Student Learning Advocate with Wisconsin Virtual Learning!! The relationships that are developed with my students and families is one of my favorite things about my job! I am a graduate of Purdue University and my masters were earned at Ball State University. Both universities are in Indiana where I grew up on a grain farm. I started my career as a University Extension 4-H/Youth Agent in Indiana, then after I was married and had children, took time off to be with them. I returned to the education field as a high school teacher with Port Washington High School then Ozaukee High School. While I am a full-time SLA, I am also an instructor for our high school electives in the area of Family & Consumer Science and Business. My favorite things about Wisconsin is the beautiful scenery! I love exploring the state! My favorite childhood book is The Tale of the Three Trees. My husband and I love to travel and spend time with our three grown children.