I've spent most of my life in small Pennsylvania towns. I grew up in Jim Thorpe before my father's job took us to the Finger Lakes region of New York. After high school, I returned to PA to earn my bachelor's degree in Music Education from Mansfield University.
I found my first teaching job in the Cameron County School District, where I taught elementary band and general music for seven years, earning the Outstanding Young Music Educator award from the Pennsylvania State Music Educators Association in 2014. I met my husband Eric, earned my masters degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University, and we started our family. When our son Elliott was born, we knew we wanted to raise him in a place where we could be close to history, culture, and the arts.
We moved to Dillsburg when my husband found his dream job. I was fortunate to spend the first few months of our new adventure at home with my son. I then spent two years working for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association as the Director of Education and Events, before returning to teaching.
My interest in politics has been building for many years. My first real desire to some day run for office came shortly after Governor Corbett paved the way for huge cuts to education funding in Pennsylvania. As a teacher, I saw first hand who suffered when those cuts took place- the kids.
Not long after that, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary fundamentally changed who I was as a teacher, but also as a person. Having to lead students through intruder drills is traumatizing and cannot be our new normal. I am active with the Capital Region chapter of MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, taking on the role of Legislative Lead in 2018. I am also a member of Capital Region Stands Up, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and a founding member of the Northern York Democratic Club.
I ran an energized grassroots campaign for State House in 2018. During that campaign, I got to know the needs of our community and the issues that matter most to you. My campaign was endorsed by over 20 statewide and national organizations. After the election, I earned a place in the 2019 Emerge Pennsylvania Cohort and Emily’s List training. I learned how to run and win so that together we can build a better future for our district and our commonwealth.
I’m running for State Senate in the 31st District to be an advocate for strong public education, to fight for affordable, quality healthcare for all Pennsylvanians, to bring transparency and accountability to the state legislature, and to combat the climate crisis.
When I'm not thinking about how I can change the world, I'm enjoying time at home (or out and about the capital region!) with my husband Eric, my son Elliott, and our four rescued cats.