I grew up in Columbia, Missouri. I attended Phillips University, in Enid, Oklahoma where I completed my Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 1988. I began my first teaching position in the Enid Public Schools in 1988, while beginning my graduate work at Phillips. After completing my Masters of Education degree, I moved back to Columbia, Missouri to begin working in the Columbia Public Schools and to begin doctoral studies in administration. In 1997, I took my first administrative position at Hatton-McCredie K-8 Elementary in the North Callaway R-I School District. Then I accepted the principalship at Skaith Elementary in the St. Joseph School District in 2001. I finished my Ed. D. at the Univsersity of Missouri-Columbia in 2002. After 12 years in St. Joseph, Missouri, I accepted my first Superintendent's position in the Worth County R-III School District.