I graduated from Loogootee High School in 1988. From there, I attended Indiana University and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. After a few years working as a manager for the Gap, I began a Masters program in K-12 Special Education at the University of Louisville. While there, I was hired by Taylorsville High School as a 9/10 resource teacher. I was hired by the Daviess Martin Special Education Co-op in 1999 and moved home. My daughter, Grace, will graduate in 2022 from Loogootee High School.