From a family of teachers, nurses, veterans and police officers, I was born to serve my community. Born and raised in Oregon, I moved to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University where I played soccer and competed in track. In 2004 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in History, Secondary Education and a minor in Communications, in 2007 I earned my MA in Education, and received my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adult Social Studies in 2010 and 2019.
I have served my community as an educator for almost 20 years. While teaching at Puyallup High School I served as the assistant cross country and track coach, basketball scorer, and as a class and club advisor. While teaching leadership my students were honored to be recognized as the High School Blood Drive of the Year from the Cascade Regional Blood Services. I’m currently teaching and coaching track and field at Rogers High School, as well as coaching cross country at Puyallup High School. As a leader in my profession, I am on the Executive Board of the Puyallup Education Association (PEA), served on a task forces to create new teacher evaluation tools as well as curriculum development and alignment, been part of the Puyallup School District's safety committee, and earned my National Board Certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Social Studies.
I also currently work with veterans and teachers through a national non-profit to develop courage, commitment, citizenship, integrity, patriotism, and sacrifice in students throughout the nation. I help provide free character development training and curriculum across the United States, allowing students recognize the ability within themselves to accomplish amazing things and to understand that every person has the potential to change the world.