I teach all levels of French at North Star, and am an "Original Gator." I was honored to be hired as Department Chair of World Languages when the school opened in 2003. Previously, I taught English at Lincoln East High School and Lincoln Southwest High School, and French at Omaha Central High School. I was a graduate teaching assistant in French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for three years while I pursued a Masters Degree in French Literature.
I also taught English just outside of Paris for one year at a French Middle School called Collège Roger Martin Du Gard. While there, I gained two "familles françaises" who showed me the "real France." I was able to travel all over France and Spain and also get be the first to discover French Macarons, which I now see all over the place. (I highly recommend the ones at Le Quartier bakery.)
Before realizing my true calling of being a teacher, I worked for several years in a marketing company called BI Performance Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am originally from Minnesota but have called Lincoln home since 1997.
Outside of school, I teach BodyFlow, BodyCombat and BodyStep at the Genesis Racquet Club and enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children. I collect pottery, vintage jewelry and linens, and love to read, travel and bake. We have one Jack Russell Terrier named Rooster Cogburn.
I cannot wait to meet my students each year and instill a love for all things French in them -- as well as a love for learning about new cultures and different perspectives. I hope my students will participate in the many outside activities North Star offers for French language opportunities.
2017 Nebraska Outstanding World Language Educator of the Year
2018 NILA Site Host (October 5-6, 2018)
2009 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year
President, Nebraska Association of Teachers of French (NATF), 2014-2018
Exhibitors Chairperson, Nebraska International Languages Association (NILA)
2016 NILA State Conference Site Host (October 8, 2016 at Schoo Middle School)
BA, French and English, University of Minnesota, Morris
MA, French Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wesleyan Honors Academy Adjunct Instructor
Doane University Adjunct Instructor, Masters of Education Department
AP French Language and Culture Instructor
Pi Delta Phi French National Honor Society
English Teaching Assistant, French Consulate Exchange Program
Member, American Association of Teachers of French
Member, Nebraska Association of Teachers of French
Member, Nebraska International Languages Association
Member, Nebraska Educational Technology Association
Member, Nebraska Association for Gifted Education
Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools New Teacher Orientation and Instructional Practices Courses