Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, I began my career in education in 1989 at TA Edison Environmental Science Academy, a magnet school in the Dallas Independent School District, At Edison, I taught 7th and 8th science. While vacationing in Alaska in 1992, I realized Alaska was where I wanted to live. I moved to Sand Point in 1997 where I taught junior high and high school sciences. In 1999, I began teaching at Anvil City Science Academy, a new charter school in Nome. Over the years, the school grew from 22 to 60 students in grades 5-8. In 2016, I moved to Homer to continue my career as principal here at Fireweed Academy. In my spare time I enjoy art, photography, cooking, bicycling, swimming, music, and spending time outdoors. Having worked with youth for many years, I am also happy to be serving on the board of directors for Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL).