My road in life has been direct.
From the age of four, I knew I wanted to be a teacher—I attended Wichita State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in education.
Joined the Disney College Program where I got the opportunity to work in the parks and interact with children of all ages from all over the world.
Started out thinking that I wanted to teach younger students, but after my student teaching experience, I discovered that I was more passionate about teaching middle school.
In 2001, during my third year teaching, the superintendent started having me train teachers on how to utilize various technologies in the classroom.
Discovered that by merging my interests in education and technology, I could help teachers make a bigger impact on their students.
Attended MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I received my master’s degree in educational technology.
I now work full time in professional development for teachers as the technology and innovation lead teacher for the Andover Public School District in Andover, Kansas.
In 2013, I was named Kansas Teacher of the Year, and in 2019, I became a National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee.
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