I was born in Webster, SD. My family moved to Aberdeen when I was a young child. I attended school in Aberdeen and graduated from Central High School. After that, I attended Northern State College where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in the areas of Elementary/Special Education with an endorsement in the Visually Impaired.
My first job teaching was in Newport, Kentucky where I was an elementary teacher for the visually impaired the first two years and then moved up to the junior high/high school for the next two years as an itinerant/resource room teacher for students with visual impairments. After four years in Kentucky, I moved back to Aberdeen and began my career at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I have held several different positions while at the school and am currently the braille instructor. In the fall, I coach Special Olympics bowling, Goalball during the winter months, Special Olympics swimming, track and field in the spring. Since I moved back, I have gotten my MS degree in education and have also
become certified as an Orientation and Mobility instructor. My interest in the school actually began when the school moved to Aberdeen. My father was a Telephone Pioneer who did lots of volunteer work for the school and was always on the work crews when it came to building things needed by the students at the school (playground equipment, wheelchair swings, wire tracks, Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt, etc.) Our family also took a student to church on Sundays and to our home over holidays when they were unable to go home.
I have two sons. Brandon and Bayli live in the Sioux Falls area and are kept busy with their 1½ son, Kallum who is always on the move. Jared and his wife Liz live in Aberdeen. Mocha, my black lab, is always waiting eagerly for me when I get home from work and keeps me company when I am home.