I am excited to start another year at Westwood Elementary. Working with children is a passion and love of mine. Every child can learn, it is just our job as a teacher to find the way the child learns best. I was born and raised in Portland and love being able to teach in the community. Before becoming a teacher, I was an paraeducator for students with autism. After encouragement from a teacher, I decide to head back to school. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2013 and have been here in Portland since. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband, Wade and three children, Bailee, Max and Harper. We enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and sports. I also enjoy coaching basketball and softball. I have been a varsity softball assistant coach since 2001.