I grew up in Phoenix and endured the heat through high school. I then was accepted into Wheaton College in IL and completed my Bachelors in Physics. For a while I thought that I wanted to work in astronomy and came back to AZ to work at Lowell Observatory as a telescope operator. Eventually I realized that my skills were better fit as a teacher and joined NAU’s masters program for teaching in science. Now I am fulfilling that degree by being a physics teacher at NPA.