I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and received my B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus on early childhood education and reading. I moved to Colorado shortly after graduation and began teaching at the 5th grade level. For 23 years, I continued to teach 6th grade math and science, along with a large variety of leadership and administrative duties. I earned my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on math and science, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Colorado, Denver. I also served as the District Science Coordinator for K-12, but realized that my passion for student and teacher development in the areas of STEM was my dream. I am thrilled to be in such a strong community of learners and leaders that live this same passion each and every day.
I am fortunate to have a wealth of experiences that guide my work as continue to build a comprehensive K-12 program at STEM. The most influential work included opening a K-8 STEM school and watching these young students experience science, technology, engineering and math on a daily basis. I have presented at numerous national conferences, consulted and developed engineering curriculum with the Colorado School of Mines and have numerous publications related to STEM education. These experiences have led me to this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to continuing to build and develop a strong program that engages and enhances our students minds.
My husband and I have raised five kids, and have three grandchildren and two border collies. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains and taking care of my flower gardens. I'm looking forward to a wonderful and exciting school year!