This is my 26th year in Orono Schools and 28th year in public education. I feel very grateful to be here. In 2004 I became Director of Special Services where I provide leadership in the areas of special education, gifted and talented, guidance and mental health, English Language Learners, emergency procedures and character education.
I began my career at Orono as the middle level school psychologist before transferring to the elementary level. While I miss the direct contact with children, I love to watch students develop and mature over their years in school.
I am a lifelong learner. I earned an Education Doctorate in Leadership from Bethel University in 2020. I hold an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Psychology from University of Minnesota – Moorhead (UMM), as well as bachelors and masters degrees from UMM. I obtained several administrative licenses from Hamline University in both 2004 and 2016. I also spent several years in a local Masters of Divinity Program.
I live in Independence with my husband John, daughters Jordan and Taylor, both Orono students, and our Labrador Retriever.