I graduated from Frank B. Kellogg High School in Roseville, MN in 1982. During my high school years, I lettered in swimming as well as Debate and Speech. I also played violin in the highschool orchestra and for the musicals.
I went to Ricks College on a music scholarship for violin, and played with the Ricks College Orchestra. I also traveled through Europe with the Ricks College Folk Dancers as a fiddle player in their band for two summers. I graduated with an associates degree in 1984. I transferred to Brigham Young University in 1984, and graduated with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Music in 1987. While at BYU, I played violin with their Philharmonic Orchestra. While I was raising my 5 children and running a daycare out of my home, I completed my masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I graduated in 2005, and made all 5 of my children watch their mom walk across the stage. If I can do it, so can they! After going back to teaching and getting a job as a special education teacher, I realized that I really enjoyed it and decided that I wanted to get my special education license. I took 5 more classes at St. Cloud State University and completed my special education licensure program in 2009.