In 1995, I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Then I earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A year later, I became a National Board Certified Teacher after successfully completing the National Board Professional Teaching Standards assessments. More recently, I finished more graduate courses to become certified to teach college-level English Language Arts courses.
In addition to teaching English for Illinois Virtual School (since 2001), I teach English (freshmen through dual-credit seniors) at Teutopolis High School, where I also serve as a class sponsor, a student council advisor, and the Writing Club sponsor.
When I am not grading papers, developing curriculum, or meeting with students, I like to spend time with my family—camping, hiking, and walking; cheering on my four children at their various sporting and extra-curricular events; watching football with my family on Sunday afternoons; singing in a band with my dad; catching up with my friends on Facebook; and reading by the fireplace on a cold winter day (although I’m not a big fan of Illinois winters).
My husband Patrick and I have been married for 21 years. Brady, our oldest child, is in 10th grade; Madison is in 5th grade; Regina (Ina) is in 2nd grade; and Regino (Ino) is in 1st grade.