I have been a middle school social worker in St Paul Public Schools since 1999! I feel blessed to get to know students outside of the classroom setting where together with family, guardians and teachers, we can work on challenges presented in class or barriers affecting their education. I feel strongly schools can't educate students on our own, so I will work hard to build strong relationships with our students' families and caregivers. I particularly love working with middle school students because they make me laugh every day and their strength is amazing to watch as they encounter some of the most challenging years of their development.
I am originally from Illinois, where I earned my undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Illinois, so I tend to favor Chicago sports teams, however after living most of my adult life in Minnesota I suppose I can honestly say it is becoming more equal. I earned my Master of Social Work from University of Denver before moving to Minnesota and getting married. My husband and I live in Vadnais Heights with our two teenage children, and our dog, Izzy. In my free time, I shuttle kids to/from sports and activities. I am active in volunteering at our church and I love to spend time laughing with family and friends, exploring using Google and Pinterest and taking road trips to visit family and our beautiful country.
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