Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?
I graduated from Bethel University after starting out at the University of Montana. My first teaching position (social studies) was at Fridley High School, and I taught for ten years at Maple Grove Senior High. I earned my Masterís degree from St. Maryís University and am on track to earn my Doctorate from Bethel in 2012.
When did you begin working at Park Center?
August 9, 2011. It was a great day.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can learn Ė no excuses.
Why did you choose your profession?
It was what I was meant to do. Iíve always wanted to serve as a role model to kids and empower them to battle through adversity with determination and conviction to achieve their potential. Thereís nothing like seeing kids rise to the occasion. I work in the best school and in the greatest profession in the world!
What is your favorite quote?
ďItís what you learn AFTER you know it all that counts.Ē Ė John Wooden
ďDonít ever underestimate the heart of a CHAMPION.Ē Ė Rudy Tomjanovich
In what room(s) can you commonly be found?
Iím in the Student Support Office, but Iíll be everywhere.
I love to spend time with my family, reading nonfiction books, traveling, and learning about languages and cultures.
Advice for students going to college?
Donít attend a college just because it has a big name; attend the college that offers the programs you are looking for - and make sure you are ready! The difference between students who succeed post-high school and those who donít revolves around their values and level of self-discipline. If you can stay focused, prioritize, surround yourself with good people and good influences, and hold dear to good values and morals Ė youíll find success. And if you ever get bored, start reading history. Youíll never be bored again! ツ
Biggest pet peeve?
Entitlement and ingratitude.
Sum up your career at Park Center in one word
Honored. I am honored beyond words to be working with the students, staff and families of Park Center. This is truly an outstanding school.
If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?
The foreign service. Iíd love to work abroad and learn new languages to serve in an entirely different culture.