I was born and raised in the small farming community of Mary’s Home, Missouri. After high school I married my best friend, Wendell. We have 4 sons, Jacob, Eric and the twins, Joseph and Thomas. When the twins started school, so did I. I worked full time as a paraprofessional and attended Columbia College where I received my B.S in Business. While working at the school I realized that teaching was what I really wanted to do. So I attended MU and received my teaching certification. I spent the last 20 years teaching math at Cole R-V Eugene public school. After 20 years it was time for a change. I love working with all kids, but my heart lies with working with the kids who really need the most love and attention.