I was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. When I graduated high school, I started my college career at a small catholic college in Clinton, Iowa where I earned my Associates Degree. I took a semester break where I worked as an intern at Walt Disney World as a merchandise hostess. I sold merchandise at MGM studios in the entrance of the park. I spent one year at Boise State University, but became homesick for Alaska where I finished my college career and earned my Bachelor’s degree in English at UAA.
My first teaching job was as an English teacher in Wainwright, Alaska where I taught for three years. I then moved to Wasilla and have been teaching here at Wasilla Middle School since 2004. While teaching at Wasilla Middle School I went on to earn my Master's degree in Reading, Writing, and Literacy and another Master's degree in Education Leadership. I am also currently the Athletic Director where I oversee all the sports activities at Wasilla Middle School.