I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the third oldest of six children. When my siblings and I played school, I always wanted to be the teacher. I graduated from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI), and began teaching at my alma mater, Adams Christian School (Wyoming, MI). During my fifth year at Adams, I met my husband, James. We dated long-distance for just a few months before I moved to Northwest Iowa in June of 2021 and began attending the Hull Protestant Reformed Church. That August, I started teaching part-time at Trinity: Art and Algebra. I also teach part-time at Hull PRCS.