My path to becoming an educator began at Havre de Grace High School in Maryland. It was here I met a teacher who touched my life and was a major inspiration in me selecting this field. Ms. Ruckman was my 10th grade English teacher. Her patience, caring and steadfast belief in my potential were the catalyst for my decision to major in Education.
After high school, I attended Harford Community College for five semesters, majoring in Elementary Education. While there, I began playing collegiate baseball, where I received the honor of Region 20 Honorable Mention for the National Junior College Athletic Association. It was through my combined scholastic and athletic achievements at Harford that I was recruited to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Point Park University is where I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. It was so much more than just a degree I received there, though. During my time at Point Park, what began as an interest in education grew into a passion. An amazing department faculty allowed me to realize the need for a quality education of all students.
Six years into my teaching career it became evident that I didn't just want to teach, but I wanted to be a part of the larger educational process. This realization brought me to California University of Pennsylvania, where I earned a Master's of Education and my Principal Certificate. The talented and experienced professors at CalU challenged me to take my classroom experience and use it to be a well-rounded leader in education.