Family: I have one brother residing in Grinnell, another brother in Kansas City and one sister in Spencer. My father and stepmother live in Boone.
Pets: I have two dogs and one cat, and I am currently taking care of someone's pet mouse!
Hobbies and interests: I enjoy reading, writing, riding my bicycle and playing with my pets.
Occupation: English teacher and debate coach at Marshalltown High School.
What that means: I teach literature and writing to students, and I help students on the debate team learn how to structure arguments.
Tenure: This is my 16th year at Marshalltown and my 24th year as an educator.
Best part of the job: The best part of teaching is interacting with students in a way that we learn from each other. I get to see how great some of our young people really are.
If I could change jobs: I would love to open a pet supply store.
Book: "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte.
Movie: "Gone with the Wind," directed by Victor Fleming.
Best part of living here: I love the smaller community atmosphere with a diverse culture.
Most influential people: My mom. She was my hero.
Local involvement: I am a member of the Marshalltown Evening Lions and help with community events when I can.
Advice on life: Get involved in your community.