I am the proud product of a Lutheran education. I attended Lutheran elementary school and high school, and received degrees in social work and education from Concordia University in Irvine, California. My professional preparation in education and my work experience have centered around children. I worked as the Executive Director of Family House, a social service agency in Valparaiso, Indiana, that aided children and families in crisis. Upon moving back to the Chicago area, I completed student teaching in the Chicago Public Schools and at St. Philip Lutheran School. I accepted a position at St. Philip immediately following student teaching and in the years that followed taught grades 5-8. I am a wife to Andy, a mother to three daughters, an active member of Grace Church, a fan of good baseball, and an avid Scrabble player.