Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Lima and grew up in rural Allen County.

What brought you to this area? Or kept you here?

I stayed in this area because of the people. My family and friends are here. I like going into stores and other businesses and recognizing the proprietors and being able to chat with them about their families and such.

What is your occupation?

I teach first grade at Allen East Elementary.

Why do you love what you do?

I like giving back to the community that gave me so much. I like working with the children and my colleagues and it’s something new every day.

What is your favorite thing about this community?

My favorite thing is the way people in our community come together to help each other out when there are hard times and the way we celebrate the good times together.

What are you involved within the community?

Along with teaching, I am a 4H advisor and I am currently serving on Allen County 4H council. I’m also a deaconess at my church, Westminster Christian.

What are some of your hobbies?

I like to spend time with family and friends, travel, read and attend Ohio State football games and other events on the Columbus campus.