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University of Minnesota; B.A. English & Secondary Education 

Belmont University; M.A. English (Writing emphasis) 

Thesis topic: Creative non-fiction with a focus on multi-cultural/multi-ethnic family history and self-identity development as traced through three family generations. 


Began teaching English in Madison, Alabama, at James Clemens H.S. in 2015-2016

Taught English/Literature grades 5-8 in Gallatin, Tennessee, at Sumner Academy 2010-2014

Taught English/Newspaper grades 7-12 in El Paso, Texas, at Faith Christian Academy 2007-2010

Student-taught in Chicago Public Schools (IL), Morris Area Schools (MN), and Ysleta School District (TX) 







I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended the University of MN, Morris, where I graduated in 2006 with my B.A. English/Sec. Ed. Throughout high school and college I also participated in Varsity athletics, where I ran on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I also played flute and still continue to enjoy playing as well as listening to a variety of music.  

I have also lived in El Paso, TX, and Hendersonville, TN. While living in Tennessee, I attended Belmont University, where I received my M.A. English with a writing emphasis in 2014. At this time, I also began copy-editing for various authors. I still enjoy freelance editing and creative writing in my spare time. 

I currently live with my husband Adrian Moreno in Hartselle, AL. We both enjoy traveling, hiking, and running together.