I was an ESL teacher in Sycamore School District 428 for seven years before coming to McHenry D15. I was first hired as the Bilingual Coordinator and then, a year later, was hired as the Director and have been here the last 11 years. I am passionate about English learners and preparing all teachers to better serve these students. I am also a lifelong learner. I just finished my doctorate in educational leadership through Northern Illinois University in May 2018. My dissertation focused on the under-representation of women in the superintendency. I am a single mother of two beautiful daughters, Taylor (24) and Payton (19). Taylor is a second year English teacher in Utah and Payton is Sophomore at Illinois State University. I also am an adjunct professor for Olivet Nazarene University and have taught ESL/Bilingual coursework for the last five years. In my spare time I love to bake, garden, and travel.