While growing up I played “school” with my siblings and friends using real wooden classroom desks in our basement. I always knew that someday I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I walked a block to our neighborhood school each day, went home for lunch in my early years when my mom wasn’t working, and then walked back for afternoon classes. I had the most wonderfully positive elementary school education and experience.
I graduated from Iowa Western Community College with an Associate Degree; then Buena Vista Community College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. I also continued my studies and obtained my Early Childhood Endorsement Certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. I was a first grade classroom teacher in Council Bluffs Public School system in Iowa. Upon moving to Lincoln, NE I was again a first grade teacher before the opportunity presented itself for me to become a Reading Recovery teacher in 2001. I received my certificate during the 2001-2002 school year. It has been my delight to be a Reading Recovery teacher ever since.