MORE ABOUT MY STORY...

I am like many, juggling my roles: educator, wife, mother, friend, volunteer, activist, advocate, and life-long learner.

I am also different than some, living with a chronic disease. I believe in the power of words, proclaiming, 

"I don't have MS; I live with MS." I welcome surprises, meet challenges, embrace adventure, dare to be different, and more. I grow and blossom into an enhanced version of myself, one day at a time-- inspiriting, influencing, and teaching others how to do the same. 

Education

2015     Reiki- Level 2, Usui Shiki Ryoho

2014     Reiki- Level 1, Usui Shiki Ryoho

2014     Healing Touch- Level 2, Healing Beyond Borders

2012     Healing Touch- Level 1, Healing Beyond Borders

1999     Master of Arts, Educational Leadership, Marian University

1994     Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

1989     Wisconsin Public Schools, graduate, Menomonee Falls High, Wisconsin

Workplace Experience

2015-present  Author, Public Speaker, Teacher & Fountain of Inspiration

2012-2014     Faith Formation K-5 Coordinator, St. Albert the Great, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

1999-2011      Associate Principal, Waunakee Community Middle School, Wisconsin

2006-2010   Title III Coordinator, Waunakee Community School District, Wisconsin

2001-2009   Summer School Coordinator, Waunakee Community School District, Wisconsin

1999-2001     Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher, Prairie Elementary, Waunakee, Wisconsin

1998-1999     Dean of Students, Lake Geneva Middle School, Wisconsin

1994-1998     Public Education Spanish Teacher, Portage Junior and Senior High Schools, Wisconsin

Notables

2016     Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Award

2004    Runner-up Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year,

               National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

2004    Assistant Principal of the Year, Association of Wisconsin

               School Administrators (AWSA)

1989     Junior Miss Menomonee Falls

Publications

2016     Just Diagnosed:  The Five Keys to Living with MS from the Driver’s Seat,

              Vervante, Springville, UT

2004    Awarded and Rewarded in Life, Spotlight News, Spotlighthealth.com

Media Appearances

2009     Featured in Wisconsin Public Television’s program, In Wisconsin, “Stem Cell

                Research for Multiple Sclerosis,” CLICK HERE TO WATCH  IT NOW.

2009     Chances are Good You Know Someone Who Has Multiple Sclerosis, The Business Journal,

                Section 2, 27 November 2009

2009     Class Notes, The View, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Spring 2009

2008     Wisconsin Hosts the 2008 World Stem Cell Summit, Connection: Moving Toward a World

                Free of MS, NMSS-WI Chapter, Fall 2008

2008     Local Educator Sees Hope in Stem Cell Research, The Waunakee Tribune, Vol. 92, No. 12,

                25, September 2008

2008     Knowledge is Power, Teleconference, National Muliple Sclerosis Society, 18 September 2008

2006     Three Faces of MS: Waunakee Women's Stories, The Waunakee Tribune, Vol. 90, No. 41, 

                16 March 2006

2004     Wisconsin Women to Watch, Wisconsin Woman: Connecting Women in the Greater Madison

                Area, Vol. 6, No. 4, January

2003     Assistant Principal Receives Top Award, The Waunakee Tribune, Vol. 88, No. 27, 27

                November 2003

Memberships

Earned the Competent Communicator award as a member of Toastmasters International and served as Vice President of Education for Club 921878, District 35. ​Member of AWSA and NASSP for 14 years. 

Civic/Community Involvement

I am a strong contributor to my community, volunteering in ways that maximize my skills and talents. I continue my long time volunteer efforts with the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection by leading English Group, a free literacy class for English Language Learners. I also continue to contribute my educational experience to the school district, volunteering as a small group instructional leader and tutor, and I help to locally coordinate a Spanish youth home-stay program placing students with families. Additionally, thankful for the support I have received for my personal health journey and experience, I give back by serving on the National Multiple Sclerosis scholarship committee. My family and I developed a unique holiday party tradition that we hosted for 12 years. We opened our home to 125 to 150 people, treating them to food, drink, and laughter, asking guests to bring a cash donation made payable to the charity selected for the year. The donations have been a worthy gift that our family selected, benefiting local, regional, and national charities. Supporting charities in this way has also helped my children learn the valuable lesson that when you give to others - it ends up being a gift to your own heart. 

 

Focus Areas of Interest

Energy Medicine & Healing

Outdoor Enthusiast

Self-Care Strategies

Transformation

Inspiriting Enterprises

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