My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduating high school and college, not knowing my major in college.
I switched majors four times—I picked psychology because it was interesting and I didn't mind studying for psychology exams.
I accepted my first job as a substance abuse counselor out of college and worked for three years.
I realized I didn't like counseling or my current career path.
I applied for a career in the criminal justice field and accepted a job as a probation officer.
I've been with my current employer for almost 19 years and I've held several different positions.
I started a family while balancing my career.


High School
Clermont Northeastern
Northern Kentucky University


Judge's Assistant

I help the judge with cases, and sometimes I will deal with the criminals.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I spend some time doing some paperwork. Then it depends on the day—I might meet with clients, or, on particular days, I have to go to court.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Try to start interning to get into the courthouse as much as possible so that the judges know who you are and what type of person you're like.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:



The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"I'd hear discouragement about personal matters. Also, finances and going through college was a bit harder."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student


Is dealing with criminals most of the time hard, knowing what they have done?

Asked by Anonymous Student

No, after a certain amount of time you get used to it and can control your reactions to certain things that they say. She thinks that most of the time it is fun and it can  definitely keep you on your toes. 

Do you like working with the judge?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Yes, the judge she works with is very kind and understanding of everything. She has grown closer with the judge and finds that it is a lot easier working with a judge than everyone thinks. 

Was finding the right career path challenging?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Yes, at sometimes it was because there are so many options of things that I wanted to go into, so it was difficult to choose one. 

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