I grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano East Senior High where I was active in band and student leadership. I attended Texas Lutheran University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. After graduation, I started a private studio teaching instrumental students in grades 6-12 and went back to school to earn a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University; my focus was music, theatre, and art. It was at SMU that I discovered my love of theatre!
I then switched careers and began teaching in Irving where I taught 6th-8th graders as the Director of Bands at Travis Middle School. While working in Irving, I received a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I enjoyed working with students, teaching them about music, and watching them grow up and move to the high school.
During my time at Travis Middle School, I learned about Education in Action. I became a facilitator for their Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. As I was riding back with Mrs. Pasteur from a week at camp, I talked with her about how much I loved working for LSLA and really enjoyed the students that were in the program. It was at that time that I learned that Education in Action also had a private school, the North Texas Leadership Academy (NTLA).
A Pre-Kindergarten teaching position became available at NTLA and I joined the team. After a year, I moved into the Administrative Dean position and was able to do what I love most… teach students music! I was also able to teach theatre which was a dream come true!