I have been hooked on science since medaling in the 5th grade science fair. I went on in my educational career to get a B.S. in Animal Science at Iowa State University. After undergraduate work, I headed to Texas A&M University to complete my Master’s degree in Animal Science with my thesis research focusing on pretraining influence on bone growth and development in weanling horses. From there, I traveled to Moscow, Idaho to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Animal Physiology with my research focusing on the development of an in vitro co-incubation system to study the oxytocin-induced PGF2α secretion in equine uterine endometrial tissue during the period of maternal recognition of pregnancy. I am ABD, having completed all my course work and research at the University of Idaho (I am still attempting to finish my dissertation and defense—as I tell my students, perseverance, perseverance, perseverance).
I spent several years in industry working as a Quality Associate at pharmaceutical company before moving to the Treasure Valley. I started teaching at CWI in the fall of 2011, during the inaugural semester of the Agriculture Science program. I teach agriculture and biology classes, as well has having served as a faculty co-advisor for the cFFA. I am super excited about being a part of developing the agriculture program and ag courses at CWI.
In my “off” time I am an incurable bibliophile and an unrepentant sci fi geek. I spend most of my time chasing after my two daughters, my husband & our dog. I love being “crafty” with hobbies that include baking (and sampling, as you can see), crocheting & quilting. I enjoy being outside & think almost anywhere looks better from the back of a horse.