I grew up in Miami, Florida and then attended Wheaton College in Illinois where I received a B.S. in mathematics. While working for a summer in Yellowstone Park, I met my husband and when I finished college, moved to Montana. After teaching in Bozeman for a few years, I moved with my family to Livingston and worked as a private math tutor for 11 years. I began teaching at Park High School in 2001.