I graduated from Western Illinois University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s in History and a Secondary Education certificate. I come from a long line of teachers in my family going back three generations. I have taught social studies, reading, and religion for 28 years on the junior high level. I have a great love for history and I feel that learning more about our history and our government is vital to our schools. I try to spend summers visiting historical sites and attending conferences to find new ideas and methods for teaching junior high students.