My husband is from Anderson County, which is how I ended up here. His freshman year was at the old high school, where the Ray Meyer gym is now, before everyone moved over to the current school. You can see his name and picture on some of the boards and plaques around the school.
We have 5 kids. Maya and Hannah are currently at ACHS, Levi and Hershyl are at ACJHS, and Collin is at GES. Our family sometimes hosts exchange students, so we have had “extra” kids from Germany, Austria, Finland, France, Wales, Thailand, and Bolivia. We live on a farm, and have two dogs (Mark & Aero), five cats (Ruby, Zora, Bad Bad Leroy Orange, Cain, & Pixie) and a female duck named Marshall.
I’m excited to be teaching Family & Consumer Science at ACHS! This is my first year in the high school classroom. I’ve been a consumer journalist for 13 years, teaching people how to evaluate and compare products, how to plan for a baby, how to keep children safe, and much more. In addition to writing, I have owned and operated a custom machine quilting business and taught English lessons online to Chinese students. For the last 2 years, I’ve been a substitute teacher in USD 365.
I was born in Manhattan, but moved to the East coast as a very small child. I grew up right outside of Washington D.C. and on the beach in Ft. Myers, Florida. My family moved back to Kansas when I was in high school.
In my free time, I enjoy baking, reading, traveling, scuba diving, and cross-country skiing. With a large, busy family, though, I don’t have much free time these days. I was on the rowing team in high school and in college, and I look forward to the day ACHS has a rowing team, as well!