From a family of teachers, nurses, veterans and police officers, I was born to serve my community. Born and raised in Oregon, I moved to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University where I played soccer and competed in track. In 2004 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in History, Secondary Education and a minor in Communications, in 2007 I earned my MA in Education, and received my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adult Social Studies in 2008. I have served my community as an educator for 15 years. While teaching at Puyallup High School I served as the assistant cross country and track coach, basketball scorer, and as a class and club advisor and I’m currently teaching at Rogers High School . As a leader in my profession I have been a union representative with the PEA, served on a task force to create new teacher evaluation tools, and earned my National Board Certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Social Studies. While teaching leadership my students were honored to be recognized as the High School Blood Drive of the Year from the Cascade Regional Blood Services. I also work with the a national non-profit to develop courage, commitment, citizenship, integrity, patriotism, and sacrifice in students throughout the nation. I help provide free character development training and curriculum to teachers across the United States helping students recognize the ability within them to accomplish amazing things and to understand that every person has the potential to change the world. Finally I’m an active member of my church working with the young adult group, raising money to support a local women’s shelter, youth mission trips and other service projects.