I grew up in Minneapolis, near Lake Nokomis and the Minnehaha Creek. I enjoy children and always enjoyed teaching. I moved toward administration because I became impassioned about quality instruction and all children being taught in the way they learn best.
I have an undergraduate degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. I completed my teacher training at Augsburg College. I hold a kindergarten through sixth grade Minnesota license. I am also licensed in middle school language arts and social studies, which I obtained from the University of Minnesota. I have a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Scholastica and an Education Specialist Masters in School Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
I began teaching in the Minneapolis Public School at Jefferson Elementary, in the Spanish Immersion Program, in a split fifth and sixth grade. Then, I taught five years in Jefferson's Continuous Progress Program in the sixth grade. I moved to Audubon Elementary (now Lake Harriet Community School's lower campus) and taught one year of fourth grade and three of fifth grade. When Audubon and Fulton merged and became Lake Harriet I taught middle school social studies and language arts for one year to mixed grade classes of sixth and seventh grades.
At that point, I had completed my administration degree and spent the next two years as a Teacher On Special Assignment for Lake Harriet as the middle school coordinator, athletic director and student council advisor. I then served at lower campus for two years as an Administrative Intern, working with Principal Marsha Seltz. With the downsizing of the District and reduction in Intern positions, I returned to the classroom and taught fifth grade for two years at Lake Harriet upper. I returned to an Administrative Intern position at Lake Harriet upper and was promoted to Assistant Principal and moved to Anwatin Middle School. I worked at Anwatin with Principal Beth Russell for one year and was promoted to Principal of Lake Harriet Community School.
I am proud to carry on the tradition of academic excellence that our school is known for and our staff and community work tirelessly to continue. Our children are our future and we are dedicated to them developing to their fullest potential.