I have been involved in education in one form or another since 2000. I have taught Technology, Video, Theater, Dance, Reading, and English, from adult learners to 3 year olds. I am excited to bring all of my experiences to OWL to create fun and engaging expeditions.
I am the mother of two wonderful children, Juniper (age 6) and Sullivan (age 2). You will probably see them running around at our fun family engagement nights. They love being a part of the school community, and are loved by many students. They keep me busy. My husband has also been seen around OWL, helping out with a myriad of projects. He is an artist and a custom picture framer. We just bought a new house this year, so we have a lot of DIY in our future.
I am originally from Chicago, but grew up mostly in Madison, Wisconsin. I also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Film. I spent a short time teaching video production at the public television station, before moving to Minneapolis, where I worked doing sports television and independent film before making the jump to education. I have worked in various schools around the metro area before landing at OWL. I am currently finishing my Masters at Hamline University.
I spent much of my childhood performing and have appeared in over 20 productions in my life. I spent 5 years in a children's traveling theater troupe, from 4th to 8th grade. This was probably one of the most influential experiences of my life. The director, Teddy Studt, has been a mentor and inspiration to me as a person and a teacher. I still enjoy performing and have sung at several weddings recently, twice with my husband. Hopefully someday, after my children are a little older, I will participate more in community theater.
I consider myself quite crafty and enjoy sewing, scrapbooking and all things DIY. I also love reading, and read 2-3 books a week in the summer. I enjoy escapist literature, including fantasy and historical fiction. I also love watching documentaries and home decorating shows.
I look forward to another fun-filled year at OWL. Hoot!