I grew up in Northern Minnesota, then moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for
college. I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Michigan University with a B.S.
in Environmental Science, minoring in Chemistry. In 2011, I received an M.S. in Environmental
Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. My thesis work included looking
at the expression of 11-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 in placental tissue,
metal concentrations in placental tissue, and how both relate to birth weight in Hamilton
County, TN. After graduation, I was adjunct faculty in the department became a full
time lecturer in 2013. I teach Principles of Biology I, II and III. In my spare time,
I enjoy cooking, outdoor living and staying active.