I'm a native Pacific Northwesterner, born and raised in the Tacoma - Puyallup area, currently living in Portland. I attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where I earned my teaching credentials. I've taught for 25+ years, much of that time at the middle school level, teaching to a wide range of learners, including Talented & Gifted and Pre-Advanced Placement classes. When not in my classroom, I enjoy being outdoors, painting, and spending time with my two sons. I'm a huge music fan and love relaxing with a good book or movie!