Number of years you’ve been teaching: 35

Number of years you’ve been teaching for Nevada: 27

What positions have you held at Nevada and what is your current job that you will retire from?

Middle school special education, sixth grade, first grade, elementary special education

What other school districts did you teach in previous to Nevada?

North Mahaska (New Sharon), and Perry Community Schools (Perry)

Where were you raised and what did you love about your upbringing and schools you attended?

Grand Junction — I loved my small town school and the opportunities to be active in sports, music, drama, etc.

Why did you go into teaching/education? Did someone influence you?

I became interested in teaching special needs learners because I have a sister with special learning needs.

If you had chosen another career, what might that have been?

Nursing, social work or some career that works directly with people

What have you loved most about your time at Nevada Schools?

The people here are amazing. I’ve loved getting to know my students, and the teachers here are such dedicated, caring, fun-loving professionals. It’s a great place to work!

What was the biggest challenge you faced over the years?

It’s always challenging trying to best meet the needs of all your students. I’ve felt very lucky to have always had a supportive administration and I’ve had fabulous associate teachers helping me along.

Do you have any advice for those thinking about this profession or just starting out in the profession?

It’s a difficult, demanding job. However, there are also wonderful rewards, and I look back on it with no regrets. It’s a job you can take pride in.

Who are the family members you will now enjoy spending more time with?

My husband, daughters, sons-in-law and, of course, my 2-year-old grandson!

What activities do you hope to pursue in retirement? My plans are pretty wide open at this point!

Is there anything else you’d like to mention? I am very grateful to the Nevada Community for the opportunity to teach here, and I’d like to thank everyone for all their kindness and friendship. It’s been a fun 27 years!