Q. Where are you from? What school did you go to?
A. I grew up in Wisconsin. I graduated high school from Platteville High School, a city that is actually very similar to Ada. I went to college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC)
Q. What influenced you to become a teacher/ teach Chickasaw?
A. The lack of Chickasaw speakers/teachers inspired me to want to teach Chickasaw. I believe that I can really make a difference for the Chickasaw language. Teaching the language also helps and motivates me to learn more of the language because you have to know something before you teach it.
Q. What are some of your hobbies?
A. When I’m in shape I enjoy running. I’m not in shape right now. This summer I got my first pair of golf clubs and have really enjoyed golfing. I also enjoy playing volleyball and stickball.
Q. If you didn’t take up teaching, are there any other careers that you might have enjoyed or wanted to do?
A. I always knew I wanted to go into teaching, but I think I would also enjoy something with numbers or being a meteorologist. I love playing with numbers and tracking things.
Q. If you could be any fruit, what would you choose and why?
A. Blueberry – It’s a brain food, so I’d be one really smart blueberry!
Q. How is the school year going?
A. Love my students. I’ve run into some technical difficulties, but once everything gets figured out, it’s going to be a great year.
Q. What are some of your goals for this year?
A. For my students to be able to use some of the language they use this year with their friends and family everyday. What’s the point of knowing a language if you don’t use it? I would love it if the class inspired a lifelong Chickasaw language learner and speaker.
Q. What were you like in high school?
A. I was extremely quiet in high school.
Q. If you could choose any era of time, which would you choose and why?
A. Now is pretty good.