I graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in art. Prior to attending Whitworth, I spent two years at the University of California, Irvine, where I played volleyball on an athletic scholarship.
My teaching career began in 1996 at Carver Elementary in San Marino, California, with a classroom of second graders. During my first years of teaching, I pursued a Master's Degree in teaching, learning, and technology which I completed in 2002. At Carver Elementary, I grew a garden with my students and enjoyed "salad parties" with the harvest. Additionally, I helped lead groups of high school students from San Marino on backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park with the Yosemite Institute.
After teaching in such a wonderful community for 11 years, my husband and I relocated to Durango, Colorado. Durango was the perfect location to live, work, and fulfill our passion for the outdoors! I taught 4th grade at Florida Mesa Elementary for two years, followed by two years of teaching 2nd grade. In 2010 I fulfilled my dream of walking/riding to school when I got a job as a first grade teacher at Riverview! I couldn't be happier to live and teach in the same incredible Riverview community.
I live just two blocks from school with my husband, Matt Phillips, and two loving cats, Daisy and Smokey. When I'm not teaching, I like to spend time in the outdoors with my husband. Together, we mountain bike, road bike, hike, ski, garden, and enjoy all the outdoor opportunities that Durango offers.
One of my greatest joys in life is going on challenging rides in new places. So far, I've been lucky enough to complete three of my bucket list trips: riding through the Italian Dolomites, traversing the French Alps from Evian to Nice, and riding the coast from Portland to San Francisco. Riding the Pyrenees is the next challenge I look forward to completing.