Elected May 2015
What high school(s) did you attend/graduate from?
Lincoln Northeast High School
What college(s) did you attend/graduate from and your degrees?
Nebraska Wesleyan, Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance; UNL teaching certificate and graduate work in special education.
What is your profession?
I was a teacher for LPS for 17 years. After my work at LPS, I was a retention specialist for the Learn to Dream Scholarship at Southeast Community College. When I decided to run for the LPS Board I retired from SCC to focus all of my attention on learning about our school system. I am now on many nonprofit boards in our community and work part time for Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as someone who is dedicated. When I married my husband and we decided to have children I dedicated myself to being the best wife and mother. As a special education teacher I was extremely dedicated to my students. Now as a board member I am dedicated to our public schools.
What school memory from when you were a student still impacts you today?
The Lincoln Northeast Marching Band! We were the best in the city. I have so many memories of marching band contests and football games. The best times!
What was your favorite class/subject in school and why?
Orchestra and band because it was my passion. I also loved English because I love writing.
What are the biggest challenges facing our schools today?
The changing economic demographics of Lincoln is our biggest challenge today.
What do you hope for the children in our community?
I hope that all of our children feel loved and accepted.
What legacy do you hope to leave at LPS when your service on the board is finished?
Our schools are good and we want to keep them good. I hope that we will maintain the quality of our schools and to do this we need to continue to be as transparent as possible.
What is your favorite LPS story from Fall 2017?
I loved reading to the students at Hartley during Harvest of Books. I was reading to one little girl when another came up to me and said she couldn't find anywhere to sit and could she sit on my lap to listen to my story. I of course said yes! We finished reading the book and she looked me in the eye and said, "Thank you and you smell really nice. Just like my doctor!"
Published: January 22, 2016, Updated: June 8, 2018