MA Social Sciences University of Chicago
BA History major / French & Secondary Education minors Ripon College
"If it is to be, it’s up to me." -William H. Johnsen
Born and raised in Northfield, MN.
My family includes my parents and two siblings. I have a sister who is an elementary school social worker who is married with three children. And a brother who works in Management Information Systems who is married and is expecting his first child. They all still live in Minnesota.
I started playing ice hockey in high school. I’ve loved it ever since, though it has been a couple of years since I’ve tied on my skates.
I started my teaching career in Chicago Public Schools. After graduate school I moved to Western Montana where I lived and worked in a community of 600 people. Thought I’d stay a year and ended up staying for a decade. I have taught high school French, AP United States History, AP World History, Government, and 7th/8th grade French along with various electives.
The last couple of years I’ve been an Adjunct Professor at FVCC focusing on American History.
I love to travel so this is hard. North Slope of Alaska. I have a former colleague who lives there and I’m just intrigued with living on the top of the world.
I read all the time, which comes with the job. I took up snowshoeing this past winter so I’m excited to do more of that this upcoming winter. I also have friends and family across the U.S., so travelling to see them is always fun.
Too many to name. Recently I have read a lot of Ta-Nehisi Coates work. As someone who has spent my academic life studying African American history, I appreciate moving from the past to the present with his views on race issues in our society.
I’m a teacher. I always have been. I love working with young people and hopefully helping to provide the foundation for their next steps in life.