This is a picture of my family from Thanksgiving 2017. I'm on the left holding my youngest son, Oliver who will be 3 in January. Next to me (in the back row) is my husband, Shane. We have been married for 8 years. Next to Shane is his oldest son Reece (my step-son) who lives in Fargo with his fiance, Jessie (on the right), and their new puppy, Lincoln. Jessie is holding Eleaner, my daughter who started Kindergarten this fall and is 5 years old. In the middle row is Riley, my step-son who is a junior at Esko High School near Duluth, MN, and Mackenzie, my step-daughter who is in her first year at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Right in front is my oldest son Americus (AJ) who is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. My family and I live outside of Felton, MN. We have 1 dog (Chrysanthemum) and 1 cat (Tiger) and in the "non-winter months" we also have a few chickens.
I went to high school at Ada-Borup, then went on to college at MSUM where I got my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a specialty in Middle School Mathematics. After graduating in 2003, I was a substitute teacher for about 1 1/2 years then began teaching 9th grade Algebra here at Ulen-Hitterdal. In 2005, I got a job teaching 7th & 8th grade Math and 6th grade Art at Cloquet Middle School (near Duluth). I was only there for one year and then got a job teaching High School Math at Nay Ah Shing High School on the Mille Lacs Reservation (near Onamia, MN). While there I also had the opportunity to teach some college classes through the Fond Du Lac College in Cloquet. I taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Intro to Statistics. After 2 years at Nay Ah Shing and Fond Du Lac, I went back up north and taught at the Duluth Edison Charter School. I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math classes there. During the 2 years in Duluth I also met my husband and got married. Shortly after we got married my husband was transferred to a job at the Moorhead National Guard Armory so we moved back to the Felton area. I taught Preschool and 3rd grade at Ada-Borup before getting my current position here at Ulen-Hitterdal. I was very lucky to have student taught under Mrs. Rehder and then was able to work along side her for a couple of years before she retired. I enjoy my job at Ulen-Hitterdal very much and am very happy to have my own children attending school here as well!
Some of my hobbies are playing and teaching piano, reading and attending book club, quilting/sewing/crafts/baking - when I can find a few extra minutes, and spending time with my family!