Academic Aide


I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and moved to Grand Forks, ND following graduation where I attended the University of North Dakota and received my bachelors degree in Psychology in 2006. It is also here where I met my husband and discovered a love for the game of hockey. I moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2010 where I attended graduate school at Colorado State University and received a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, we moved back to the Midwest and eventually landed in Waconia, MN where we live today. I have 2 children, Rylan, a 2nd grader at Breakaway Academy, and Addisyn, a 5th grader in Waconia. As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and exploring all of the national parks.

What do you like most about BA?
As an OT, I know movement and play is an essential aspect of learning in childhood that is often overlooked and undervalued in most public schools. My son is busy, and I knew he needed more movement in order to be successful in the classroom. This is what initially brought me to Breakaway. He also loves the game of hockey and is so excited to go out on the ice everyday at school.

Why did you get into education?
I have always loved working with kids, from babysitting and teaching swimming lessons in high school, to helping kids and adults with special needs in college.

What is the best advice you can give to students at BA?
Do the best you can, in everything you do. Never give up, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Keep a positive attitude and be coachable, and you can do anything.

What are your credentials and teaching experience?
I received my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2012. I have worked as an OT in pediatric outpatient clinics since 2013 with the last 8 years at St David’s Center in Minnetonka MN. I am currently licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and our national board of OTs, NBCOT.