As a social worker turned educator, I have been working with children in various settings for over 20 years. I started as a social worker at Head Start working with families and students. After several jobs in social work as a manager, and becoming a mom, I decided that my heart was really in education.
I went back to school and began a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught as a preschool teacher for about 6 years.
However, I knew I wanted more, I decided to change my career to Special Education. I went back for my degree in Educational Studies with a focus in Special Education while working as an elementary Paraprofessional.
Through all of my experiences I learned that all children learn at their own pace and no one child learns the same way.
During the pandemic I was given the great opportunity to become more of a tutor than a para when I worked from home with my students and I was able to really focus on them one on one. I was able to get them engaged even though it was online.
Through this time this is where I knew I was meant to be.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: North Dakota State University-Main Campus - Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Undergraduate Degree: Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor in Arts, Social Work
Graduate Degree: Bethel College - Masters in Education, Organizational Leadership
Undergraduate Degree: Western Governors University - Bachelor of Education, Special Education
In addition to teaching, I am a mom to a teenager daughter and to 3 parrots. 2 are quiet but our African Grey has taught me that while my 13 year old will continue to grow up, our Grey will forever be my toddler. I love getting to play and "converse" with him daily while being at home. Being 9 this year, he is my forever 3-4 year old.