I was born in Reno, Nevada a very long time ago and raised in Lovelock, Nevada where the founder is my 4th great grandfather. (so yes, the roots run deep!) I am an only child raised in a whole family of teachers. Both of my parents dedicated more than 42 years each to the profession and most of my cousins all followed suit. I was determined to change courses!
I attended the University of Nevada-Reno where I obtained a business degree. I worked for the City of Lovelock for 13 years before moving to Elko to become the City Clerk. I held this position for eight years when I decided that I would fulfill a life-long dream by opening my own business in downtown Elko.
I opened Simple Pleasures Bed and Bath in 2005. In 2007, I was asked if I would be willing to substitute teach, which turned into a full-time need. In 2009, I decided to go back to school to obtain my degree in education. In 2012, I closed the store and began this new venture in teaching. (yes, I definitely got the "I told you so's" from my family!)
I began my teaching career in 2012 at EIAA in the fourth grade. The following year I moved to the middle school teaching reading, writing, and social studies, which I LOVED! Reading and history have always been a passion of mine, so this became a dream job for me. I began teaching middle school math in, 2016-17, instead of social studies, and continued to teach ELA until 2019.
In September of 2015, I started working towards my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, which I completed in 2017. In 2019, I began teaching middle school math in the mornings and worked as Vice Principal in the afternoons. Starting in this next year, I will be moving out of the classroom and working as a full-time administrator in the Vice Principal role.
I have no regrets about the career paths I have taken, although, I have found that teaching has brought me so many more moments of pride than any of the other careers I have chosen. Watching the constant growth students make while discovering the possibilities that lie ahead of them is something that I cherish everyday.