I was born in Altus, Oklahoma. My father was in the military and we moved around quite a bit. Throughout my childhood, I lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, Maryland, Belgium, and finally Kentucky. I moved to Kentucky in 1999 and graduated from Ryle High School. After high school, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Wyoming, the University of Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky University. At the University of Kentucky, I earned a degree in Accounting and then went on to Northern Kentucky University to earn a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from Northern Kentucky University in 2008, I moved to Japan for a year to teach English in a private pre-school and in an afterschool program to children of all ages. This will be my second year teaching at Collins Elementary. Last year I taught 3rd grade, but this year I decided to accept a new challenge and teach 5th grade. Fifth grade is a time of excitement and new learning adventures that I am sure you will enjoy.