Here's a little about me.  I was born and reared in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  I went to elementary and high school there and attended Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota for college.  I received my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in May 2010, from St. Catherine's University in Minnesota. I've since added more credits to further my knowledge and expertise in education. Those were from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

My husband's name is Jamie and our daughters' names are Jayda (9th grade) and Jazmin (6th grade).  We are the family of "Js" because my Mom was one of 14 Js!! Jamie is a technical writer for IBM and we enjoy following our girls' activities, road trips - especially to waterfall hunt, swimming, walking, biking, going out to eat, and playing many sports.  We ventured to Alexandria, MN this past summer for the Fourth of July and had some of my aunts and uncles to visit for a weekend!

I'll never forget when my 3rd grade teacher had me write in my "Creative Writing Journal" what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote I wanted to be a teacher and would attend Dakota State University!  Can you believe that?!!  Be prepared students; if you're thinking about a career as a 3rd grader, it just may happen!