I began my teaching career in 1994. I taught 3rd grade at the South Elementary for 20 years and have been the traveling elementary librarian since 2014. I split my teaching time between the North and South elementary schools. I am a lifelong resident of Benton County and worked my way through the Warsaw school system from Kindergarten to graduation. I received my Associate's Degree from State Fair Community College in 1990, my Bachelor's of Science from Southwest Baptist University in 1993, my Master's from Central Missouri State University in 1999, and complete my Librarian's Certificate in 2013.