This school year starts my 17th as a teacher. I am originally from Tucson, Arizona, moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1997, and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the outdoors. My teaching career started ESL, but I found my passion in Early Childhood 10 years ago. Currently, I am attending the University of Colorado at Denver as a doctoral candidate where I am studying Leadership for Educational Equity with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education. When I'm not teaching or studying, I can be found running, reading, or playing outdoors with my husband JJ, our 10 1/2 yr old daughter Natalie, and our dog Red.