I am excited to begin my 26th year of teaching. I love fifth graders, but I have also taught 4th and 6th graders. I have been at Werner Elementary all my career except for 1 semester, because the staff and community are wonderfully supportive! I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and also lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. I graduated from the University of North Texas. We moved to Fort Collins 27 years ago. We have two children. Lea and Grant both attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. Along with spending time with my family, I love traveling, boating, and playing tennis. When I say tennis, I mean a lot of tennis. I was on five teams this past season. I am looking forward to learning all about my students' interests and passions this year, and helping them grow as they prepare to enter middle school.