Though I was a writer and reader from a young age, I didn't consider becoming a teacher until later. In fact, as a young person, I didn't always have very much confidence in my abilities. Luckily, in twelfth grade, I had a teacher who changed my life. She saw my potential and challenged me to do my very best with every assignment I turned in.
This is why I enjoy coming to work for every day: I get to help young people discover and develop their special gifts and capacities. My happiest moments as a teacher are watching something 'click' for a student, or when I can help students to think big, encouraging them to share their work locally and nationally, where they have received awards and recognition.
Before having the opportunity to join KIH in the fall of 2018, I spent eleven years teaching a range of students, from middle school to college, including at DePaul University, Ypsilanti High School, Eastern Michigan University, and a project-based high school in Port Huron, Michigan.
I also work as a freelance writer: I consult with small businesses and corporate clients, report on education and health, and publish creative work, such as nonfiction and poetry.
I received both of my degrees from Eastern Michigan University: a Bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in Written Communication. I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and enjoy exploring Grand Rapids with my husband and three year old son.