2012 CAL Scholarship Winner
I graduated with my B.A. in English Writing from Colorado Mesa University with Honors (2006). While at CMU, I was the editor-in-chief of the University newspaper,The Criterion. I also had the opportunity to intern under Department of Interior Secretary Jane Norton in her immediate communications office.
After I graduated until February of this year, I worked at a small public affairs firm in the energy industry that represented companies and operators seeking leasing permits on public lands. The majority of my work was in rural southwestern Wyoming, which was the inspiration for a series of short stories I’ve been working on entitledBoom Town Songs.
Since 2002, I have been active in Girls on the Run of Western Colorado, one of the largest GOTR chapters in the nation, as both a volunteer, coach, and board member. I recently was brought on as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for GOTR to aid with sponsor relations, communications and media.
The scholarship will be going towards my elementary education teaching certification via Colorado Mesa University. I started the PBL program May 14 and will be fulltime in a first grade classroom starting in August going through May 2013, whilst carrying 15 credits per semester. On completion of the school year in May 2013, I will exit with my license in elementary education.
I come from a long legacy of teachers: Indeed, of the nine members of my immediate family, only my father does not directly work in a school. The opportunity to continue this legacy whilst being able to share my love of the written word is so humbling and fulfilling.
When I am not volunteering with GOTR, I love hiking, working out at the gym and watching hockey and working to spend every possible moment with my husband Tim and my son Jaxson.