I grew up in Fairfax, VA which is a suburb of Washington DC, went to The College of Wooster in Ohio, and then attended graduate school for social work in Missouri, earning an MSW. After working as a social worker specializing in children and youth, I returned to graduate school to study business, earned an MBA, and entered the field of sales and marketing of industrial chemicals used in the oil and gas fields which brought me to Houston. Eventually, I moved to Austin and returned to my childhood dream of being an elementary school teacher just like my mom and my grandmother. I am still friends with my 2nd and 6th grade teachers! I live 5 minutes from school, and have a daughter who is an 8th grader at West Ridge. I am a stepmom to Matthew an LSU grad who is a music teacher, and Mack a Texas Tech graduate. I enjoy reading, gardening, exercising, practicing yoga and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to spending this year with 4th grade students and families.