I was born and raised in the Midwest, but have made Austin my home for many years. I received both my bachelor's and master's degrees here at The University of Texas. My family includes my daughter, two sons, and our beloved pooch, Pez. As my own children have grown up and away, I have loved being able to stay connected to and involved with young children through my work as a teacher. It's hard for me to imagine doing anything else! In my free time, I am outside enjoying nature as much as possible. Hiking with Pez and his best friend Lucy at Bull Creek, gardening, and reading in my hammock in my big shady yard are favorite pastimes. I love being a part of the ADS community and am looking forward to a fabulous year!