I am from Fayetteville, Arkansas and I graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1996. Since the University of Arkansas was in my own backyard, I decided to stay local!
I graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Then, earned a Masters in Teaching in 2002. Go Hogs!
I went back to school one more time to earn a Masters of Science in Education with a focus of School Counseling. I graduated from Arkansas State University in 2021. Go Red Wolves!
I have been with USD257 for 4 years. My first year here, I was a 3rd grade teacher. After that I was able to become the school counselor at Lincoln Elementary and work with our 3rd and 4th grade students. Now that we are all together at IES, I work with 3rd-5th grade students. I love getting to help students and that each day brings something new!
Although I am a school counselor now, I was a teacher for 19 years. I have taught every grade level from pre-k through 3rd grade. I also have had the opportunity to teach in Arkansas and Colorado, as well as Kansas! I think having the opportunity to teach in other areas has given me ideas and skills that make me a well rounded School Counselor.
I am married to my husband, Chris, who works at Allen Community College. We have one daughter and she is in 4th grade here at Iola Elementary. A couple of years ago, my in-laws from California moved here to Iola! Now we all live in a house together along with our sweet dog, Rosie and our parakeets, Blueberry and Keylime.