I was born in Montana and raised in Missoula. Before finding my way to Denver (in 2009), I lived in Oregon (Portland), California (Fresno and San Diego), and New York (Manhattan, Woodstock, Kingston, and Hunter). I moved to Denver because I liked the balance between nature and cultural offerings. The 300 days of sunshine didn’t hurt either.
My love of art led me to teaching. When I moved to Denver, I started volunteering at Access Gallery, a non-profit that supports artists with disabilities. I was a graphic designer at the time and they eventually hired me as a Teaching Artist to give workshops in public schools. I experienced so much joy while teaching students with special needs that I decided to go back to school and get a teaching license in Special Education.
While pursuing my degree I worked as a paraprofessional at C3, and then at High Tech Elementary. When I graduated, (from the University of Northern Colorado), I was hired as a long-term sub by Kepner Beacon Middle School, where I discovered I especially loved teaching in their center program. That discovery brought me to Oakland, and I am looking forward to my third year as the Intermediate Multi-Intensive Autism teacher.
I still love art, so when I’m not teaching, you’ll most likely find me visiting a museum, an art gallery or taking a workshop.