As a student, I attended a school in Mobridge, South Dakota. After graduation I moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota and attended Black Hills State University. At BHSU I competed for the BHSU College Rodeo Team. While rodeoing for Black Hills State, I completed coursework and graduated with a triple major in Elementary Education, K-12 Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation I started a teaching career in Rapid City, South Dakota and went back to school for my graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Mathematics.