Although I was born in Washington, D.C., I grew up in Redondo Beach, Calif., with my family of nine. I attended the University of California Santa Barbara, where I met my husband Rick, who also works at UI in the history department. We have been married since 1983, and moved to Moscow in 1986. I taught at Moscow Junior High from 1988 until 2011, working in the English/Language Arts department, primarily teaching English and Drama. During that time, I also was committed to working with NEA/IEA/MEA to strengthen the teaching profession. I served as Moscow School District¹s Lead Peer Mentor for several years. I have two sons, Dmitri and Angus.