I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and have also lived in California. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of History with a minor in English. I taught Bible and history at a Christian middle school in California and history at a public high school in Illinois before my husband and I moved to Austin in 2015. I began teaching at Hill Country in 2016.

What is your favorite sport?
To play: anything involving throwing, catching and hitting. To watch: American football.

What is your favorite hobby or one of your favorite things?
Playing games, reading, hiking, and crafting.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza, Mexican anything

Growing up, you hoped to become a…

Other than the Bible, what’s your all-time favorite book?
Israel, My Beloved by Kay Arthur

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have written Bible study curriculum for neighborhood women’s study groups.

If you could meet one historical figure or famous person, who would it be and why?
I think it would have to be George Washington. I would love to hear how he managed the political differences and philosophical differences between Hamilton and Jefferson.

What song would be the soundtrack to your life?
Any Amy Grant or Steven Curtis Chapman album.

What is your favorite Scripture or quote?
Be still and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10

Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why?
Dan Webster. He taught me what it means to walk authentically with Christ in this world, and to serve, and to be faithful and steadfast, and what leadership should look and sound like. He was my high school youth pastor and has been a lifelong friend and mentor.

What do you believe makes Hill Country distinct?
Authenticity (faith in action) – that what we say we believe most is what we are most likely to be found doing.

What do you love about teaching at Hill Country?
The enthusiasm and energy of a middle school student have no comparison, yet it fades too quickly from our lives post-middle school age. Middle school students are one of my most treasured “charging stations,” but not just any middle school students. Ours are uniquely playful, clever, inquisitive, sweet, and salty.