Growing up in the Dubuque area, I have lived in several towns all about the same size as Belle Plaine. I graduated from Western Dubuque High School (Go Bobcats!) and went on to the University of Iowa for college the next year. I graduated with a bachelors in language arts with a minor in philosophy, and I obtained my teaching certificate a short while after. I am a big reader who will happily pick up anything from romance to fantasy to mystery. When with friends, we will usually spend our time playing board games together and baking sweets.