I am beyond excited to join the Odyssey community this year as a first grade crew lead! Though I was born in Denver, I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where I enjoyed the great, albeit muggier, outdoors through camping and biking trips with my family. After high school, I studied psychology and poverty studies at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, I found the mountains were calling and I moved back to Denver where I took up teaching as an Associate Educator for 3rd grade at Ashley Elementary. Although very challenging, the experience was eye opening and I was hooked on the constant learning and growth the profession demanded. I have taught 2nd grade for the past five years in DPS and I earned my Masters from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2018. I am eager to delve into expeditionary learning and the culture of building life-long learners at Odyssey. The curiosities of our youngest students fascinate me and I look forward to exploring the natural world with them as they make discoveries about our community and themselves. In my free time, which is quite a lot recently, I enjoy hiking with my dog, cooking new food, biking, and stand-up paddle boarding. My newest hobbies are water color painting and sugar cookie decorating! I look forward to traveling again, within Colorado and abroad, and aim to stay busy with camping and bonfires this summer.