What inspired you to get into the field of education?:
Every day, there are students who come to school carrying with them incredible challenges that can make navigating successfully through our fast paced, constantly changing, pressure filled educational system seem overwhelming and even at times, hopeless. Because of this, I was drawn to the school counseling profession and I love working as a team with teachers and other school staff to empower students to learn and grow.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?:
I thrive on making strong connections with my students and I firmly believe that student success is directly correlated to having positive relationships with teachers, counselors, and other adults at school. I love the fact that I am one of the only school counselors in Poudre School District who gets to plan and carry out adventure trips and intensive activities with students. It is during these trips when I learn the most about my students, we develop mutual trust and respect for eachother, and most importantly, we have tons of FUN!
General background information (years in education, degree(s), Universities/Colleges attended):
B.S. Social Work, The University of Minnesota 2001
M.Ed. Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University 2008
Early Intervention Case Manager, Hilo Hawaii 2001-2004
Weld County Human Services Case Manager 2004-2007
Larimer County Human Services Case Manger 2007-2008
School Counselor, Webber Junior High 2008-2010
Career Counselor, Larimer County 2010-2011
School Counselor, Boltz Middle School 2011-2012
School Counselor, Polaris Expeditionary Learning School 2012- current
I definitely am a tree hugger at heart. Ask me to join you in any outdoor activity and my answer is YES! In the spring, summer and fall, I enjoy (SUP) stand up paddle boarding, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and biking and playing at the park with my kids. I am a bit of a fitness fanatic, dabbling in Cross Fit, yoga, running, boxing, and a I won't say "No" to the stair climber at the gym. In the winter, I enjoy snowboarding, and recently tried glissading which was pretty fun!
Thought Provoking Quote:
"Do not look back, my friend. No one knows how the world began. Do not fear the future, nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or the future, you will miss the moment."