I teach 5th grade in the Thompson School District R-2J at Ivy Stockwell Elementary School. I started working in the Thompson School District as a 1st grade teacher at Garfield Elementary in 1988. I taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classes at Garfield for 10 years, then transferred to 6th grade math at Conrad Ball Middle School.
While teaching there, I earned my Principal Licensure and became the Assistant Principal at CBMS in 2007. After five years as an administrator, I moved back into the classroom at Ivy Stockwell Elementary. In 2018 I received the Thompson Education Foundation Elementary Educator of the Year Award.
I was raised in an Air Force family in multiple places around the US and Germany. When my father retired in 1973 he brought our family to Loveland. I attended Loveland High School while Thompson Valley High School was built and when TVHS opened I was a part of the first group of students to attend that school.
After graduation from TVHS in 1978, I attended the University of Northern Colorado and earned a BA in Elementary Education. I taught in downtown east Los Angeles for one year, then moved to France for a couple of years to teach English. After returning to Colorado I earned my MA in Reading Education from UNC, then worked for one year in Big Bear Lake, California.
I returned to Loveland when I married Randy in 1988. We have been married for 31 years. I have two step-daughters, Andrea and her husband, Dave, live in Portland, Oregon, and Lindsey and her husband, Brian, live with my granddaughter, Olivia, here in Loveland.
Since living in Loveland I have volunteered in many positions and been a part of many community organizations. I’m an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa (a teaching sorority), Philo (a women’s service organization), the Loveland Community Foundation and Loveland Generations Fund, and Zion Lutheran Church where I sing in the Praise Band.
I am a life-long member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and was a member, actor and President of the Loveland Community Theatre.
I previously served on the Loveland City Council from 1996-2001. I was first elected as a Councilor in a recall election and then I was re-elected for a four year term. As a result of my moving out of the Ward, I did not seek re-election.
I have decided to run for City Council because I believe in stepping up to serve my community when I can. When I saw this Ward position was open I knew I could contribute my time and experience again to serving the citizens of Loveland.
I feel blessed to live in a beautiful, caring community and want it to continue to be the great place to live that it currently is.