Where were you born and where have you lived?
I moved 10 times before I started college. I was born in Dublin, Ohio and lived there until I was 7. I spent the remainder of my childhood on a ranch in the tiny mountain town of Westcliffe, Colorado. I moved all around Colorado during my teenage years and finally settled in Ft. Collins, Colorado where I had the privilege to attend Ridgeview for a little over a year. I graduated in 2005 and decided to remain in Fort Collins.
Where did you attend university or college?
I attended Colorado State University. As part of the university's honors program I was able to enroll in seminar style classes very similar to those we have at Ridgeview. I was studied microbiology and English. My thesis was on teaching microbiology to children in grades K-3 and was published as part of the American Society of Microbiology's Conference on Undergraduate Education. Prior to teaching at Ridgeview, I taught at schools throughout Colorado as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for the American Society of Microbiology.
What kind of reading do you most enjoy doing?
I alternate between popular science books and non-fiction books addressing leadership and we can practically live the good life. My favorite reads this past year were, Grit by Angela Duckworth, Resilence by Eric Greitens, Longitude by Dava Sobel and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. I've also been known to "check out" by reading fiction. My guilty pleasures are the Jack Reacher books and anything written by John Grisham.
What are the small essentials that make life more comfortable?
Espresso!! Real books with pages that turn. Sandals after a hike. Pens that grip the paper nicely.
What are your favorite snacks?
I'm not a huge a snack person. I prefer to drink coffee! If I snack, I eat fruit or salted peanuts.
What do you do to unwind?
I love to cook for my family and friends. I think that food is one of the best ways to spread love! When I am not cooking, I garden, hike, rock climb with my husband, play with my awesome kids, and read.
How could a parent volunteer help you most?
Be a chaperone! Throughout the year I help students plan all sorts of events; dances, pizza nights, camping trips, movie nights, service projects. One of our primary limiting factors on how many events we can hold is our ability to recruit enough chaperones. Seeing you at these events makes my year wonderful and you will have a blast with our students!