I grew up in Crete, Illinois. There I attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and Crete-Monee High School.
I graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1973. Upon graduation I was called to teach grades 3 and 4 at St. John's in Bay City. I earned my Master Degree in Classroom Teaching from Michigan State in 1979. I also received my Michigan State teaching certificate.
I have taught 3rd and 4th grades at St. John's since 1973 and have had many second-generation students.
I also play organ for worship services at St. John's Church and am active in the choir, Ladies Aid, Evangelism Committee, and Vacation Bible School.