Degrees and Certifications:
> Growing up in Shoreview, MN and attending Mounds View High School, I played basketball and was concertmaster of my High School Orchestra. I was a
member of the All-State Orchestra my senior year and a National Merit Scholar Finalist.
> I have a B.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I raced road bikes with the University of Wisconsin Cycling Team and played violin in the Symphony Orchestra.
> After graduation, the University of Minnesota recruited me for an Research Scientist position in the Department of Plant Pathology where I did fungal genetics work and field research on dry beans.
> I felt that I needed more people contact so I left my research job and entered the post-baccalaureate MEd/Initial Licensure program for science education at the University of Minnesota.
> I have a MEd in Science Education from the University of Minnesota and a STEM Graduate Certificate from St. Catherine University. I have been teaching for over 20 years.
> In my spare time I work on my house, fix cars, sew, cook, make sourdough bread, play Hardanger fiddle, drink tea, ride my bike here and there, and make award-winning beer and cider. I'm a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) certified beer judge and judge at the Minnesota State Fair.
Favorite quote: "All Battles are won before they are fought"
(It's all about the preparation!)