I have always wanted to be a teacher – from the time my mom took me to school with her as a young child to today – it is what I was put on earth to do. I am, however, also a passionate environmentalist, so I took a roundabout way to classroom teaching (where I taught 4K-4th grade for 13 years). I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Natural Resources/Environmental Studies and am an avid Badger fan. I continued my education and now hold a master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist Certifications, my National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist (the most transformative process I’ve undertaken when it comes to my profession), and my National Geographic Educator Certification. I love building relationships with students and helping them achieve, but most of all, I love encouraging them to connect, explore and engage with the world around them and use their voices to make positive changes in the world.