My husband Tim and I have been married for twenty- four years and have two children. My daughter Lindsey is a register nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and son Jordan is a Freshman at Mount Marty College in Yankton pursing a degree in Bio-Chemistry. My husband Tim owns and manages Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza in Yankton. We enjoy fishing, family get-togethers, walking, traveling, and spending time at home.

Educational History:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                    High School- Wessington Springs School District

                                   Bachelor of  Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education endorsements in middle school education- Dakota State University

                                   Master Degree in Elementary Administration with a endorsement in Secondary Administration- South Dakota State University

Work Experience:

Elementary Principal/SpEd Director     Wessington Springs School District, Wessington Springs, SD and Sacred Heart School Yankton, SD- 1999-2007

Grades K-8 Teaching

                                                Middle School Science Teacher          Wessington Springs Elementary                1992 to 1999               

                                                Sixth Grade Teacher                             Elkton Elementary, Elkton, SD                1991 to  1992

                                                Fifth Grade Teacher                            Wessington Springs  Elementary              1986 to  1991

                                               Combination Room Grades 3-5           Harding County School, Buffalo, SD         1983 to  1986

                                               Kindergarten, Title One


     Curriculum Mapping Leader: Lead a team of teachers to implement curriculum mapping to maintain an on-going data base in our school district.

     Astronomy Study: Chosen to study a hands on teaching approach to teaching astronomy in the classroom at Loyola University in Chicago.

     NASA teaching program: Studied flight at Dryden Air Force Base learning an integrated approach to teaching flight in the classroom.

     Science Fair Coordinator: Coordinating the local Science Fair grades k-12, several regional winners and three national science fair projects.

     Odyssey of the Mind Coach: Creative problem solving program, several regional and state winning teams.

     Awards: Golden Apple Award, Distinguished Service Award, Nominated Science Teacher of the Year

19 Years Educational Experience

Community Involvement:

School board member, athletic and music booster member, confirmation teacher and high school youth group advisor.

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