After working as a Special Education Paraprofessional for 10 years, I decided to move from Naperville to Winona to obtain my degree in Special Education – Developmental Disabilities. Returning to college, as a student older than most, to earn my degree is something I am very proud of.
Being given the opportunity to receive an education is a very important value to me. I feel that all individuals deserve the right to go to school. Another value I believe is accountability. This pertains to all facets of life; being held responsible for one’s actions (do what’s right even when no one is looking), and being able to accept the consequence when one has not made the best choice. Having the ability to advocate for oneself and for others if they are unable, is a value I also believe in. It is very important for individuals to be able to speak up for themselves in a variety of situations, whether in the community, at work, or at school. When someone does not know how to advocate for themselves, it is my responsibility to teach them. The values I have mentioned are very important to me, and are values that I can, and do pass on to my clients.
Outside of Work
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and lived in Madison, Wisconsin for several years. Due to job promotions my dad received, I also lived in Davenport, Iowa and Naperville, Illinois. My husband and I share our home in Winona with our three dogs. In my spare time, I like to read and do crossword puzzles. I also enjoy deer, turkey, pheasant, and grouse hunting with my husband. I also like watching college basketball as well as cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago White Sox,
I am not one to hound celebrities for their autographs when I see them, but when I was still living in Naperville, I was at a small local ski resort that also served awesome food in their club house. My friend and I were eating, and we spotted the Chicago Blackhawk legend Stan Mikita. He got up from his table, and began walking through the restaurant toward a small hallway. My friend and I followed him to ask for his autograph. Right when he was going to go through a door, we asked him for his autograph. Very politely, he said he would love to give us his autograph, but he thought it would be better if we waited for him outside the men’s restroom instead of going in with him. Needless to say, we tried to look very casual standing outside the men’s room, but when he emerged, we got Mr. Mikita’s autograph!