I grew up in Chanute, Kansas and graduated from Chanute High School in 1981. I attended Neosho County Community College where I received my Associate Arts Degree in 1983. I then attended Pittsburg State University and graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1985. I received my Masters Degree in Administration in 1998 and then recieved my Superintendent Endorsement in 2005.
I taught kindergarten and first grade in the Altoona-Midway School District for 13 years. I also became the K-8 principal there for two years before moving to Iola. In 2000, I moved to Iola and became the principal of LaHarpe Elementary and McKinley Elementary. I stayed for two years and then became the Humboldt Elementary Principal in Humboldt, Kansas in 2002. I have been the principal in Humboldt for the last 11 years. I am currently the middle school principal as well.
I am the mother of two children. My daughter, Kelsey, is married to Caleb Boulware and they live in Cherokee, Kansas. She teaches 1st grade in Columbus and they have a son named Drake. My son, Kellen, is attending Northwestern University in Chicago and is majoring in English. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, I like to garden, ride bikes, run, and go antique shopping.