I am a 1998 graduate of Eureka College with a degree in education. At Eureka I was a vocal music scholar and a collegiate athlete in swimming and golf. I received my Masters Degree from the University of St. Francis in teaching and learning in 2010. I have taught Special Education at PORTA Jr-Sr High for 22 years. I am the Junior High and High School Student Council Advisor and the Midwest Adult Director for the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Council. I also volunteer at the IAJHSC Summer Leadership Camp as a part of the Senior Staff. I am married to Matt and our daughter Ashleigh, a 2016 graduate is a nurse at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.