After college graduation, I took an office job in the Chicago area. Realizing that environment was not for me, I went back to school and earned an M.Ed. from DePaul University in 2006. I then taught in Chicago Public School’s Preschool For All program. I first worked in a predominantly African-American community, then found a job closer to my northside home working with families from many nations including India, Pakistan, and Mexico. My husband and I moved from Chicago to Glen Ellyn in 2011 when our older daughter was a toddler. We chose District 41 for its outstanding reputation and for the variety of opportunities it could give our children in years to come. More than seven years later, we have another daughter, and we have put down roots here. I have been involved in this community from the start: serving on committees and the Board of the Glen Ellyn Newcomers over the first few years; and then as a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, a national, non-partisan organization. I am now the volunteer Local Group Lead for Moms Demand Action, educating and advocating for gun safety in our community and nation. With a vested interest in D41 and the community it serves, I will make sure our district maintains its status as one of the best in Illinois. As an educator-turned-parent, I value the work of our superintendent, administrators, teachers, and leadership teams as they continue to advance our students' education.