I have been the Principal at Laurel since 2002. Prior to becoming a Principal, I was the Dean of Students and taught 1st grade at Mesa Elementary in Cortez, Colorado and taught 1st and 2nd grades at Nizhoni Elementary School in Shiprock, New Mexico where I began my career in 1990. I grew up and went to elementary school in Shiprock, New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. I am proud of my native culture and highly value my maternal Diné and my paternal Cherokee and Choctaw heritages.
I love living in Fort Collins and enjoy all types of outdoor activities. My husband, Dan, of 38 years, and I have three grown children, Jake, Tim, and Danni Layne, who live in Colorado and California. My youngest two children, Tim and Danni went to school at Laurel Elementary School! Dan and I also have two dogs, Boone and Hank, and two cats, Jellybean and Stewie, living at home.
Laurel Elementary School of Arts and Technology has a rich history as the first elementary school built in the town of Fort Collins in 1906. I love Laurel’s beautiful diversity and that all our teachers and families value and embrace our academic, cultural, economic, ethnic, and linguistic diverse student population. I am very grateful and humbled to be the Principal of such a wonderful elementary school.