My family moved to Pittsburgh from Michigan when I was in the 1st grade and have been here almost ever since. I briefly lived in Hampton Roads, Virginia where I taught 4th grade after college and very much enjoyed my short time there. The oldest of 4 children, I have a younger sister and two younger brothers. My youngest brother has Down Syndrome and when he was born, I was 14. This experience greatly shaped me as an adolescent person, my adulthood, as a mother of two boys, and also as a professional. I have a love for learning new things and expanding my understanding of myself and others.