I was raised in Madison, Wisconsin by two parents who worked in the Madison Public Schools as teachers. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College earning a regular education teaching degree, as well as, a special education degree in the area of Learning Disabilities. I moved to the La Crosse area in 1976 as a teacher of Learning Disabled students and I also taught in the Twin Cities area for 2.5 years before returning to the La Crosse area. By the time my teaching career was winding down I had taught regular education, Learning Disabled and Emotionally Disturbed students. I spent the last eight years of my education career in administration, an elementary principal of two elementary schools in Sparta, Wisconsin.
I have been retired for five years and have enjoyed being involved in environmental projects, political issues, and city government. I’m a long time member of the League of Women Voters, and helped co-found Coulee Partners for Sustainability (CPS). CPS provides numerous adult educational discussion courses from the Northwest Earth Institute, education activities for families-Earth Fair, and Green Expo for local businesses. If I’m not involved in some local city government issue, I’m enjoying the outdoors, my family, and other organization’s activities. There is never a dull moment in my life and I enjoy it that way.