About Me

  • I grew up in Montana. mostly in Bozeman so I attended Bozeman Senior High School. All four of my siblings also graduated from Bozeman Senior High. Go, Hawks! I stayed in Bozeman to attend Montana State University, the same university where my mother, father, and brother graduated.  I graduated from Montana State University with a B.A. in English with minors in history and secondary education. I also earned a reading endorsement from MSU which qualified me for my first teaching position as a language arts and reading middle school teacher in Gallup, New Mexico.

    I taught at Kennedy Middle School (and Gallup Junior High) for ten years. I taught reading and language arts classed for sixth and eighth grade. I also coached girls sports: volleyball, basketball, cross country, and track. While I was there I worked for the Gallup Parks and Rec as an aerobic instructor. I met Mr. Matlosz my second year teaching when his former coach and current collegue arranged for us to meet. Mr. Matlosz worked at the high school as a special education teacher and a football and baseball coach. 
    Mr. Matlosz and I moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1998 because we both had jobs at Apache Junction High School. I started out as a reading teacher, and Mr. Matlosz was a special education teacher. Since then, I have taught English 9, Honors English 9, English 10, and English 11 as well as World History. This year I will be teaching English 12. I earned my Masters degree in Education through Grand Canyon University in 2007, which allows me to carry a K-12 reading endorsement.  This year will be my 31st year of teaching!

    I am usually active in some kind of sports program. Believe it or not, I was the varsity cheer coach for two years.  I also had the privilege to coach freshman and junior varsity girls volleyball with Mr. Heermans and Mrs. Loftis for ten years.  This is my sixth year as the girls golf coach so in the fall I will be out on the course after school.  In the spring I cheer for the girls softball team since Mr. Matlosz is the head varsity coach.