I pursued my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1996. I earned my Master of Arts in Psychology at Duquesne University in 1997, and continued my graduate school journey at Seattle University, where I obtained my School Psychologist Educational Specialist Degree in 2001.
I furthered my education and returned to graduate school at Benedictine University, where I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership in 2009.
As a former residential facility intake person working with troubled youth, I practiced the art of looking past one's imperfections to see the dignified person in all of us.
In my nine year career as a school psychologist, I have continued to experience the joy of working with students, parents, and staff to find meaningful ways to improve learning. Just as important and rewarding, I value conflict and disagreement as healthy ways to find mutually beneficial outcomes.
I carried this desire and experience during my six years as a special education administrator, where I had the distinct opportunity to focus on formal and informal conflict resolution, building relationships with parents and staff working through complex cases, and honing negotiation skills.