I was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study history and politics. I then moved back to my hometown and earned my teaching degree and Master’s Degree at the University of Central Missouri. I am a former track, volleyball, and basketball coach and love to play or watch any kind of sport. I am constantly fascinated by history and love spending time at museums and reading about new discoveries. I am an avid skier, hiker, and yogi who loves watching Dateline and spoiling my 2 dogs Max and Lucy.