I was born and raised in a family of four in Houghton Lake, Michigan. I have just one older brother. Being a true Michigander, I love autumn leaves and lightning bugs. After graduating high school, I moved to the cornfields of Iowa, where I attended Graceland College. There I earned two bachelor degrees- one in Elementary Education and the other in Psychology.
This is my 19th year of teaching (plus two years of experience as a substitute teacher). I have taught in three different states- Texas, New Mexico, and Montana. My experience includes one year as an outdoor educator, 8 years teaching 1st grade, and this is my 10th year teaching kindergarten. I took a 7 year hiatus from teaching in between teaching in New Mexico and Montana to be a stay-at-home mom.
I have two children who aren’t children anymore. My daughter, Lexi, just started her first year of college where she is studying architecture and music performance. My son, Cade, is now a junior in high school. They were raised in Montana and call it home. They are avid skiers, hunters, and campers. They also enjoy backyard games of croquet, horse shoes, and badminton, and they love all things chocolate!
My husband is David MIller, born and raised south of Houston, Texas. He is a proud Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) and roots for any team playing against A&M’s rival, the Texas Longhorns. David is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MSU. He is an all-around handyman and fixer-of-broken-things. He loves to work in his shop and has built multiple pieces of beautiful furniture for our home.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending as much time with family as possible, whether it is camping, sitting around the fire pit, doing a puzzle, or playing board games. Other hobbies include reading, gardening, walking/running, and baking. I really want to take some kickboxing classes and learn to play the guitar someday.
We are a baseball/softball family! David and I grew up playing ball and even played well into adulthood. It seems we have passed the love of the game on to our kids. They play every spring, rain or shine…or snow. We are die-hard Astros fans!
We have two pets: a border collie named Orbit (which just happens to be the name of the Astros mascot) and a snuggly cat named Louie that Lexi adopted from the annual shelter. Orbit is sweet-natured and affectionate; Louie is fat and fluffy and thinks it’s your job to feed him whenever he wants.
I look forward to a wonderful 2022-2023 school year. I am honored to teach your children and I can’t wait to see them blossom and grow.