WHERE I COME FROM
I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington, where I attended K-12 public school. As a high school student, I was actively involved in several political campaigns, and was appointed as the student advocate for the arts to the WA state Board of Education. In this role, I provided input on policy and participated in the search and hiring process for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
I moved to Maryland in 2004 to pursue a degree in occupational therapy at Towson University, and received a diving scholarship. As a student athlete, I learned to manage my time and balance multiple roles successfully, graduating in 2008 with my BS/MS. After a brief residency in Los Angeles for the first several years of my doctoral training, I returned to Maryland in 2011, and have called it home ever since. In 2014 I moved to Eldersburg, where I now live with my husband and three young children, including a first grader at Freedom Elementary School and two others who will soon enter the Carroll County Public School system.
I know what it is like to be a busy mom, working hard and making difficult decisions to keep my family safe and happy. In the context of a global pandemic, caregiving and family life have become even more complex. I am committed to supporting students and the greater school community in the same way I approach parenting - with heart, with patience, and using the best evidence available to inform the choices I make. As an occupational therapist, I understand the nature of human development, and the importance of meeting people where they are - keeping an open mind to the range of backgrounds and values represented in our community, and providing equitable supports so that everyone has the opportunity to be successful. I want folks to feel included, represented, and given voice through my work on the Board, just as I want my children to grow up in a school system that values their unique perspectives and contributions inside and beyond the classroom.