Current Location: Edwards, CO
Hometown: Rochester, IL
UIS Degree: M.A. 2016 (Educational Leadership)
Other Degree: B.S. 1989, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Current Position: Head of School, Vail Christian Academy
“I taught third grade at Springfield Christian School for seven years, and served as the K-8 Principal for Springfield Christian School for another ten years. I have served as the Head of School for Vail Christian Academy in Edwards, Colorado since 2018.”
Memories of UIS
“My fondest memories of UIS are of the collaboration among members of my cohort. That camaraderie was so important to me.”
How did UIS change or prepare you?
“My time at UIS equipped me to handle the challenges of leadership with wisdom and sound decision-making skills.”
Advice to current or prospective UIS students?
“My advice is don’t wait! If you are thinking of earning a degree, start right now. Even if you have to start small with just a few classes at a time, the UIS faculty team will work with you so that your degree completion fits with your family and time.”
“As a transplant to the Vail Valley, I’ve had a little bit of a culture shock! I’m enjoying learning about this beautiful area including the wildlife and many outdoor recreation opportunities. I never thought I’d say this, but I miss the wide open prairies of my home state so much!”