Born and raised a Kansas girl in Topeka, I was baptized, confirmed, and involved in the youth group at Faith Lutheran my whole growing up. During high school and college, I participated in numerous mission trips, building homes in El Paso and across the border in Juarez and building a fish hatchery in a small village in the Sierra Madre Mountains. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree I moved to El Paso, TX to volunteer as the Servant Event Coordinator at the Ysleta mission. In 2003, I earned my Director of Christian Outreach certification from Concordia-St. Paul. My Internship brought me to Dallas where I have lived ever since. In 2008, I met my husband, Regan, while living downtown in the old Sears warehouse lofts. We were married in 2009 and now have two beautiful girls who are thrilled to be students at Zion. I love spending time with my family and our three dogs, traveling, great food and I LOVE college football (Go Wildcats).
I have over 20 years of experience working with and teaching children of all age levels. I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2000 in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Community Services from Kansas State University. While there, I completed over 45 credit hours in Early Childhood, Education, and Family Studies. In 2003 I completed my Director of Christian Outreach Certification from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed serving our Dallas community through many local non-profits, teaching student integrity and leadership in partnership with DISD and leading youth summer camps and VBS. My family also enjoys volunteering with pet rescues and we have fostered many puppies over the years.
I am excited to be teaching preschool. I hope to foster a desire to learn through play, art, music, and exploration as a part of a Christ-centered community. I pray that they learn how much possibility their future has and how very loved they are.
“When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.” ― Fred Rogers