I was born with the gift of gab (or so my parents tell me), and I’ve loved language for as long as I can remember. Growing up in South East Asia with time split between Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos and their respective languages helped spark my fascination with how words come together to create meaning.
I earned my B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado, and spent the early years of my career working in non-profits, in the communications and membership departments. During this time, I had a chance to experience motherhood as a full-time working mom and a work-from-home mom. After the birth of my second child, I became a stay-at-home mom.
In 2013-14, I returned to school to earn my teaching credential while teaching 7th grade writing full time. My plan was to keep myself so busy while my husband was deployed that I wouldn’t have time to feel sad. It worked! I absolutely loved teaching, but I had to give up my position when the Army moved our family to Germany (poor me!).
In Germany, my then-second-grader asked me to homeschool him. I agreed to do it “for now,” but now I can hardly imagine a different path! I’m so thankful I found Brave Writer early on—it helped me to let go of my strict schedules and looking at learning as it happens in every hour of the day. Brave Writer has also inspired my current blog writings at Book Box Education.
When I have free time, I fill it with a variety of interests I’ve picked up over the years. I love to hike, run, walk, do yoga, and lift heavy weights. I also love to read, listen to podcasts, and binge watch any show that features history and British accents. When I want to make something, I quilt, cross-stitch, paint thrifted furniture, and I recently learned to crochet! Just about everything interests me and I’ll try most things at least once, so I am never bored.