Education is my passion. I taught history for 7 years at LaFollette High School in Madison, Wisconsin until I had kids and moved to Woodbury in 2012. Since becoming a mom, I worked as an AVID tutor in South Washington Co. Schools, a National History Day Tutor, and a Sylvan Tutor. I currently work part time as a 2020 Census Enumerator while I prepare for more distance learning this fall.
In 2012, we had our twins, Mae and Henry, and moved to Minnesota. My husband, Neil, is a Woodbury native and computer engineer. Our kids are now entering 3rd grade at Brookview Elementary. We are busy keeping up with their activities and enjoying our newest family members, two kittens.
Here are some examples of my most recent community service:
In the years since leaving my classroom and becoming a mom, I found part time work was a better fit for me and our family. When the kids were babies, I volunteered as a Confirmation group leader. At that time, I was also hired by National History Day to go into classrooms as a project support person. I worked at Harding High School, Metro Deaf School, and Hazel Park Academy in St. Paul. After two years, I decided to try tutoring at Sylvan in Woodbury. There I worked with kindergartners through college students on reading, math, writing and ACT prep. I was promoted to Director of Education but decided I preferred working with kids to selling programming. So I moved on to South Washington County Schools and became an AVID Tutor. I worked in Oltman Middle School, Lake MS, Cottage Grove MS, Woodbury High School, and the Alternative Learning Center. Tutoring allowed me to return to the classroom without the time commitment of a full time teacher. These experiences also allowed me do the best part of teaching, getting to know the kids and really dig in to how each one learns individually. I know I have become a substantially stronger educator as well since I have branched out from my field of high school history and have worked with students of all ages in multiple subject with a wide range of ability levels. While I have really enjoyed both teaching and tutoring, I feel it is time to begin a new adventure in education and bring what I've learned at the ground levels of education to the board table.