I grew up in the Idaho Falls area. I attended local public schools, graduating from Skyline High School in 1973. I served in Army National Guard in Idaho, Texas, and New Mexico. I have a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene Texas, a sister school of Baylor University. I have taught in public schools since 1982. I have been at Rocky Mountain for the last 29 years.