I teach middle school English and social studies in Coldwater, MI, where I have worked since 2000. Helping young people develop ideas and turn them into words has been incredible in helping me develop my own voice, and I am looking for avenues through which to express it. Accompanying my career, I gathered a fair amount of research through the completion of my master's degree and the time I spent working in archives in college at NMU. I am also fortunate to have been a historical interpreter at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan, where I dressed as a British red coat, demonstrated 18th century weapons, and taught Michigan's colonial history to park visitors. I enjoy reading, traveling, and watching sports and movies.