I am so exicted to be teaching at Centennial again this year. This is such an amazing community and staff. Coming back to school has been like coming home. For the first time in my teaching career, I have finally been at a school long enough to have siblings!
Originally, I am from Eugene, Oregon and I have been a die-hard supporter of the University of Oregon Ducks since before it was cool to be one! I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon and my heart still bleeds green and yellow. I have four brothers, two in Oregon and two in Idaho. Several years ago, my parents retired in Sun Valley, Idaho and their home continues to be a favorite place to visit for both my husband and myself. I met my husband at a ski event in 2001 while I was living in Hawaii. A year later I followed him to Colorado and I have been here ever since. I love the mountains and together we enjoy skiing, hiking, camping and all the wonderful things this beautiful area has to offer. I still miss the ocean, and my family that now is made up of 13 nieces and nephews. As a result, we find ourselves flying off to Oregon and Idaho several times a year.
Teaching is a second career for me. After college, I decided to take a couple years off and see the world. I thought I would be a flight attendant for a couple years before coming to the classroom. Two years became several and I was so fortunate to be able to see places I had only dreamed of. However, the classroom was calling me back, and in 2009 I began a master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado, Denver. While the master’s degree is still a work in progress, I have never regretted, for a minute, my decision to change careers mid-stream.
I can’t imagine a better home for me than Centennial. With the community dedication to the school and its students, Centennial is truly a very special place.