I received my Bachelor of Science in Education and my Masters of Science in Education (both at the University of Kansas) with certifications in working with students with Intellectual Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, and later received certification in working with students with Emotional Disturbance. I have taught all but one of my years at Wellsville Elementary School and, at one time, was the only special education teacher for K-6 with only two para-educators.
I knew I would work with individuals with special needs when I was in 6th grade and volunteered at Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, Kansas (where I grew up.) I fell in love with the residents there and knew I had found my calling somewhere within that field.
By the time I attended KU, the laws had changed and we finally had specific public laws allowing for many students with disabilities to attend public schools. These changes made my decision to become a special education teacher very easy. I had found my vocation and have been dedicated to it ever since. I adore my students and their parents. I have been fortunate to work with some very exceptional general education teachers and special education staff.
I live in Olathe with my husband, Larry, and my daughter, Sarah Jane. They are a blessing to me. We have two cats, Tylung and Yuki and a dog named Baby Girl. We spend much time in the summer swimming in our above ground pool and working in our various gardens.
I am a published poet and currently working toward publication of a book of my poetry, which is very exciting for me. I have also written and published an article on Highly Sensitive People and a short story that was to be a part of a novel I was writing, but that has been put on a back burner for the time being.
I am a firm believer that life is good and a positive attitude can take you far and bring you much contentment!