I've been teaching since 2004 and began my career with fifth grade students in Ionia, MI. For the better part of my time in the classroom I taught middle school English and focused on just seventh grade for the past few years. Very recently, I have transitioned back into the elementary classroom and I am now teaching third grade in the same building my children attend! My husband, Garth is also in education and we enjoy camping and traveling with our children Calder and Seneca. I am grateful for the professional development and friendships I've experienced through the Lake Michigan Writing Project, an organization I first encountered in 2005.