I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1980, with majors in elementary and special education. In 1984, I drove the Alcan with my 21-month old daughter to join my husband in the Mat-Su Valley, where he was on a summer crew building a dairy farm at Pt. MacKenzie. We decided that if I landed a teaching job by August, we would stay. I didn't, not until the following March, but we stayed anyway and have never regretted it!
The following spring, I was hired at Snowshoe Elementary in Wasilla, where I taught special education, then 5th grade. In 1999, my teaching partner and I were honored with the first BP Teacher of Excellence Award given to a team of educators for our multi-age class. In 2002, I transferred to Wasilla Middle School, where I thoroughly enjoyed explaining math to 8th graders!
Both my daughter and son are grown, married, and living in Fairbanks, along with my four grandchildren. Besides time with friends and family, my other passions include sewing, reading, camping, and traveling.
I've always been drawn to the new teachers in my schools, making them feel welcome, guiding them to the resources they need, and helping them to learn the "culture" of the building. I look forward to being a mentor for Alaska's early career teachers as a way to positively impact the future of my state through this new generation of educators.