I have been working with kids since I was old enough to babysit. I was a lifeguard, swim instructor and synchronized swimming coach in high school and college. I worked two summers as a leader for Boulder County Youth Corps, working with high schoolers to build various trails and restore the structures up at Walker Ranch. I taught 5th grade at Foothill Elementary for three years before I resigned to start my family in 2004. I coached my son’s soccer team for two years and my daughter’s soccer team for three years. Although I was still working with kids, I missed being in the classroom so I returned 11 years later in 2015, to be a Substitute Teacher. Now I am officially back full time and I couldn’t be more excited! Ultimately, I have worked with children for over ⅔ of my life.
I have three fantastic children- one girl and two boys. My oldest daughter will be a sophomore at Fairview, my middle son will be an 8th grader at Summit and my youngest just graduated from Bear Creek and will be heading to Summit Charter School as well. My husband is a hydraulic engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation. We love spending time together as a family in the mountains, hiking and exploring nature, swimming, and watching movies.
I have one pet, a black cat named Rio who is going on 16 years! She is sweet tempered and gentle, and loves any opportunity to lay on me. However, she has become quite demanding in her old age and asks for constant attention with a persistent, yet frail meow.
I have been lucky to have traveled quite a bit in my younger years. I spent the summer of 1992 in Taegu, South Korea teaching swim lessons with Camp Adventure. The following year I spent it abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, attending the University of Otago. The next summer I went backpacking around Europe with my twin sister. We visited Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. A few years later, I went on a two week tour with my mom to Vietnam. In 2003, I took a leave of absence from teaching at Foothill and moved to Waterloo, Belgium so my husband could study at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. I have since become grounded in Boulder, but I look forward to traveling abroad again, some day down the road.
My favorite book? I don’t have one, I read too much to pick just one. And unfortunately, I can't remember or recall all the titles to select just one!