I am 24 years old, and I am the oldest in a blended family of six kids. I am a Laconia High School graduate, class of 2008, and I have attended the Rosendale-Brandon School District since third grade. It’s a bit surreal (in a good way) to be returning to teach in my hometown, but I’m happy to have found a job I love so close to my family and friends.
I graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2012 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. After exploring the career for a year or two, I realized it wasn’t for me. I’m currently enrolled in an alternative licensing program through CESA 6 in Oshkosh to earn my Early Childhood Special Education teaching license.
I have always wanted to work with young children with special needs due to my younger sister having a chromosomal abnormality known as IsoDicentric 15 or Duplication 15q. We are less than two years apart in age and I have been going to physical therapy, neurology, and speech therapy appointments with her since I was three years old. My mom is a special education teacher in the Ripon School District, my step-mom is a high school special education teacher in the Rosendale-Brandon School District, and my dad is the principal of Rosendale Primary and Intermediate Schools. Basically, a career in education was just about inevitable for me, but I am so happy that my life has gone this direction.
My goal in going to work every day is to be happy and find the positive in every interaction I have. I want my students to feel the same way about coming to school.