1. List some of your awards, achievements, honors you would like to highlight.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rio Grande College in 1987. At Capital University Law School, I was a member and Associate Editor of the Capital University Law Review.
For nine years, I was an elected school board member in the Valley Local School District, Lucasville, Ohio. I served as President and Vice President of the school board.
2. What made you choose to pursue a college education at Rio Grande?
Rio Grande offered me a great academic scholarship that I could not refuse. As well, Rio was far enough away from home that the fit was just right.
3. How were you involved on Rio’s campus?
At Rio, I served as a Resident Assistant in Holzer Hall for three of my four years at Rio. I also enjoyed many friends at Rio who remain friends today.
4. What did Rio offer you besides an education?
Rio offered me a chance to get away from home, but not so far away that I couldn’t get home if I needed to. Rio also offered me a chance to become a high school mathematics teacher. I had great professors in both the Education and Mathematics Departments.
5. What are some of your favorite Rio memories?
I enjoyed hanging out with my friends at Rio. I especially enjoyed the tennis courts and going to the basketball games.
6. Was there any teacher, advisor, coach, etc. that made an impact on your life? How?
I really enjoyed Dr. Rhodes and Professor Withee in the Mathematics Department. These two professors showed me both the rigid and not-so-rigid sides to the study of math.
7. What did you learn about yourself during college?
I learned that a college degree was important and that a degree would provide me with job and life security.
8. Tell us about life after Rio.
I immediately started teaching. I never once was a substitute teacher as math teachers were in high demand.
9. How did Rio prepare you for your career?
Rio prepared me to be a strong teacher. Rio’s mathematics degree program prepared me to be an analytical thinker.
10. Why are you proud to be a Rio Alumna/Alumnus?
I am proud to be a Rio Alumnus because I believe Rio is where it all started for me. I am proud to say I graduated from this small school.
11. Do you have any advice for current students?
Set a goal. Establish a game plan. Have fun, but don’t lose sight of the game plan and the goal.