I hail from northern Minnesota. I earned my bachelor of arts in social science secondary education from the College of St. Scholastica, a small liberal arts college in Duluth, MN, and my master of arts in school administration and education policy from the University of Denver and the Ritchie Program for School Leaders.
For 10 years, I taught middle school social studies, the last eight in Denver Public Schools at Grant and Randolph Middle Schools. In 2004–2005, I took a leave of absence to teach in Kenya, which was a life-changing experience, rich with learning about culture, history, geography, and the people of Kenya.
As a secondary social studies coordinator, I am excited to work with DPS middle and high school teachers. With all the work during the last few years redesigning the social studies curriculum at all grade levels, we have the unique opportunity to engage students in learning about their communities, their world, their history, and themselves in a way we never have before. “Never doubt that a small group of committed, caring citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” This quote by Margaret Mead is certainly being acted on by our committed DPS social studies teachers, and I am honored to work with them!