I was born in Reno, Nevada, but grew up in Washington and Oregon. My family spent a lot of time outdoors fishing, camping and waterskiing in the summers, and snow skiing in the winters. I was an exchange student in Denmark for a year between high school and college, and Danish became my second language. I received my first degree in Journalism and Economics at the University of Oregon, and completed graduate work at Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership and Reading Intervention. I began my teaching career in the fall of 2001 and have taught elementary music, ESOL, middle school choir, and 4th through 8th grades. I believe wholeheartedly in building relationships and teaching the whole child and was really excited when I found Portland Village School where those are foundational parts of a Waldorf-inspired education. This is my fourth year at PVS with my students, who I’ve been with since they were in 5th grade. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my three sons, my parents or my friends attending plays, outdoor concerts, going for hikes in the woods or out on the lake in our boat. I’m an avid reader and love movies and a good story.