I was born in West Virginia, but moved to Broomfield, Colorado with my family when I was 6. Both of my parents were teachers and came here for work. Soon after we moved to Boulder, where my father got a job at Fairview High School, and it was in Boulder that I did the rest of my growing up. Even after high school I decided to choose Boulder to attend college, where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have been teaching in some capacity since I was about 13 years old, it has always been a passion of mine. During my time as a teacher I have worked with students of all ages. I have also taught in both private and public school environments, working to provide support with both academic and non-academic goals. I have been a teacher at McElwain since 2009, beginning as a second grade teacher and then transitioning to third grade in 2013. I am currently the leadership representative for my grade level and maintain a seat on the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC). I am also a member of our school's social committee, bookroom committee, and field day committee.Because I grew up so close to the mountains I have a great love and respect for the outdoors. I am extremely passionate about activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and climbing. Generally speaking, I love doing fun and adventurous things that have the potential to expose me to the wonders of the world (this includes teaching). In search of my first teaching job I even rode my motorcycle from Colorado to Alaska. In addition to exploring the outdoors, I have also made trips to a variety of different countries. My travels have done much to help me appreciate and experience diversity in language and culture. I have traveled many places throughout the world including countries like Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, and Costa Rica. It has been nothing short of a pleasure to integrate what I have learned and experienced in life into the lessons I present in the classroom. Likewise, it is an important factor that impacts the way I relate with/to my students. I would like to believe that my life experiences have helped create interest in other individuals. At the very least, I know it continues to motivate me to be open to the wonderful perspectives, ideas, and opinions that others (even 3rd graders) have to offer.