1. Where did you go to college? What is your degree?
 
I got my first degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I then did online coursework thru the University of Phoenix in order to get my Masters degree.  I have also completed various independent math studies through the University of Illinois at Springfield.
 
2. How long have you been teaching?
 
This is my 9th year of teaching full-time at Nokomis.
 
3. Have you taught anywhere besides Nokomis high school?
 
 I was a reading aide for one year at the North School.
 
4. What’s your best advice for students going to college?
 
 If you plan to go a large University, prepare yourself for the culture shock of life beyond NHS.  Now, regardless of where you go, strive to find enjoyment in your studies because college coursework will require a level of commitment you've likely never experienced before.  Despite all the hard work, though, make the most of the experience.  You can create fantastic memories to last a lifetime and to give you the solid foundation you need  before you take off and fly!
 
 
5. Where did you grow up?
 
I grew up in the country south of Witt, with an Irving address, but yet within the Nokomis School District.
 
6. Who or what influenced you to be a teacher?
 
I always dreamed about being a teacher, but everyone said that teachers didn't make any money.  So I headed off to U of I working toward a Computer Science degree in Engineering.  A couple years later, I had switched to a degree in Business.  A couple years after that, I was behind a computer all day at a job in Finance yet thinking about why I had never pursued that degree in Education.  Those days at a desk made me realize that what I really wanted was a job that let me try and make a difference in people's lives.. And so back to school I went to finally get the degree I had wanted all along!
 
7. Please give a full list of all classes you teach this year.
 
 This year I teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.
 

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