Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm married to, Josh, and I have 3 children. Eliana is an 8th grader, Gavin is 5th grader, and Ian a 2nd grader.
How are you connected to Mattawan Consolidated Schools:
I joined MPEF to become an active participant in the education Mattawan provides. I have been able to work with the school through STEAM activities in the EES, LES, and HS to bring students some real life experiences of engineering.
What brought you to MPEF:
My family entered the Wildcat Track and Trail 5K six years ago and that is when I asked “What is MPEF?”. I come from a family of educators and not being a teacher myself, I want to be a part of public education. I greatly enjoy understanding the goals and struggles of our district’s educators and believe MPEF plays an important role to ensure the education at Mattawan is enhanced.
Real life outside of MPEF:
I am a Project Manger and Mechanical Engineer at TowerPinkster. I graduated with degrees from Hope College, University of Michigan, and Oakland University. I am passionate about the sciences and getting more women in fields of math and engineering. Also, my husband and I enjoy watching our kids in all of their activities!
What inspires you about MPEF and Mattawan Consolidated Schools:
I want to keep the community involved in our public education system and I think MPEF is a resource to keep working hand in hand. MPEF recognizes the needs of education beyond state and federal funding and works diligently to draw financial resources for MCS teachers and administrators so that they keep Mattawan a district in which students not only succeed but they become true leaders for our future.
Mattawan is a sought-after educational district and the school is what this community is built around. I love to see parents, grandparents, and past students involved in our education here!
Do you have a education memory that has stuck with you through the years?
In third grade my teacher, Mrs. Riggs, encouraged a lot of reading and for each book you read you filled out a paper “Yoda” that stated your book, number of pages, etc. At the end of the year she had an auction for all the students and our “money” was the amount of Yoda’s you’d accumulated through the year. I remember the most desired items at the auction were Michael Jackson folders and posters. I used most of my Yodas to “buy” a Michael Jackson poster! That poster hung in my bedroom for many years!