I grew up primarily in the twin cities. My undergraduate degree is in History and my graduate degree is in Special Education both are from the University of Minnesota. I am married to a very patient man(Andy) who has persistently stayed with me for 35 years. We have two children Annemarie(29) and Ben(25), a son-in-law Ethan(Annemarie) and a new grand baby (Ruby). I became passionately interested in special education and went back to school in my late 40's after working as a playground lady, and assurance of mastery paraprofessional. I was inspired by the educators who I worked with to go back to school in special education. I am glad I did but teaching is also one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Strangely like jumping out of a plane everyday. Some days more than others.