I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and came from a family of five. Growing up, I enjoyed many years as a resident camp counselor working with children ages 7-13. I also took up playing guitar. At a very young age I realized that I had a love for children and music. I began my career teaching pre-school and loved working with the children. I decided then to go back to school and get a degree in elementary education. I attended the College of Saint Catherine’s in Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. I then taught first grade for five years at an inner city Catholic school. In 1989, I moved to San Diego, California where I began teaching first and second grades at Saint Jude Academy. I taught there for 23 years. I worked with English Language Learner students. It was very rewarding for me to teach students to read and write in English even though I didn’t speak any Spanish. In 2010, Saint Jude closed. It was devastating for me. I am now teaching at St. Rita’s Catholic School. I have taught first and third grade here. I have been teaching now for 35 years and hope to continue for many more years.