From an early age, science and running were my top interests. I grew up in a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri, where I attended an all-girls college preparatory school from K-12. My senior year in high school I also won the Missouri State High School individual championship in cross country.
This life-long interest in all things science, and my cross country good fortune led me to attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. There, I received a varsity letter while running cross country. I also was an active member of the Notre Dame Council on International Business Development. During my entire senior year, I realized that I really enjoyed teaching science and was given my own section of freshman Biology Laboratory to teach. In 1999, I graduated with a degree in the Biological Sciences.
It was then that I made the move out to Southern California. For several years after graduating, I worked at an anatomic pathology laboratory where we developed our own software to allow doctors to remotely control microscopes to consult on challenging cases. Additionally, I conducted research into clinical trials for cancer diagnostic techniques that are now in broad practice. I then entered California State University, Fullerton's teaching credential program where I received my multiple subject credential. Since then, I also completed a General Science credential, as well as a Biological Sciences credential.
I currently live in Placentia with my husband Geoff, my 23 year-old stepson Ethan (a Travis Ranch and Esperanza alumnus, and current Kinesiology student and ice hockey player at CSUF), and my 7 year-old son Thomas.