My hometown is Osage, Iowa. After graduation, I attended NIACC in Mason City, Iowa and graduated. I then transferred to Iowa State University, to complete my degree. I graduated from ISU with my B.S. in Biology & Psychology and my Secondary Education Teacher Certification. After graduation, I took a long-term sub position for 8th & 9th grade science at Osage Schools. I was able to come to Postville in 2008, where I taught in the high school for two years. There I taught Chemistry, Forensics, Environmental Science, Food Chemistry (co-taught), Botany, and Advanced Chemistry. In the fall of 2010, I made the move to the middle school, where I taught 6-8 science. For the fall of 2014, I moved back into the high school building to teach 7-8 science in the junior high. I graduated from Loras College in May 2018 with my M.A. in STEM Education. In 2010, I married my husband, Derek, who is from this area. He currently serves as a JH/HS para. He has directed the JH play since 2010, and I have volunteered as a tech director for the production. Additionally, in 2015 he took on HS Speech Coach, Fine Arts Director, and is tech director for the HS plays. I recently accepted a position as Assistant Speech Coach. So, we keep VERY busy during months of November-March!