I was born and raised right here in Chicago. I received my Bachelor’s in Physical Education (Pre-K-12) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1988. Sports have been a passion of mine since I was a child. I grew up playing all sports, but my favorite was football. Before I became a teacher, I had my start as a YMCA counselor and coach, which inspired me to pursue a degree in physical education. I have been a CPS teacher for 26 years and have taught at Jahn for 23 years. I’ve been involved as a coach at Jahn for all sports at some point. I truly value engaging kids in sports and keeping them physically active. I also strive to be a positive role model in the lives of my students. I enjoy golfing, fishing, watching the Bears play, traveling around the U.S. and spending time with my family.