I graduated from Smith College in 1998 with a focus in studio art. After graduation, I moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a graphic designer in web and print design. With four years in the city, I moved back to Maine to attend the University of Maine in Orono Master of Arts in Teaching program. I graduated in 2003 with a focus in Elementary Education.
I started my teacher career as a multiage K-1 teacher at Lyman Elementary School in Lyman, Maine. I then moved to fourth grade and the following year I had the wonderful opportunity to become a Literacy Coach in the district. During my time coaching I completed my Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Education in 2006 at the University of Southern Maine. I enjoyed my time working with K-12 teachers and students in the area of literacy, but missed being in the classroom. In 2010, I moved to Hussey Elementary School in Berwick and there I taught kindergarten for two years and just finished my fourth year in second grade this past year.