“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln
As a lifelong Minnesotan, I am so honored and excited to represent married women across the beautifulLand of 10,000 Lakes!
My husband Nick and I have been married for three years. I knew very shortly after our first date at a Minnesota Twins game that he was the one for me, and almost exactly two years after that date, we were married. We share our home with our three high-energy dogs and two adorable cats. I am very much looking forward to starting a family in the near future, but for now we are enjoying what pet parenthood has to offer. My husband is my best friend and biggest supporter. He pushes me to be my best every day and I am so blessed to share my life with him. In our spare time we enjoy spending time with family and friends, cheering on our Minnesota sports teams, relaxing on the lake, and being outside enjoying the serene nature of Minnesota.
Working with children has always been one of my biggest passions in life, along with my love of learning. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree in K-12 Education and am currently working on completing my dissertation for my Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. Presently I am a Behavior Intervention Specialist at an elementary school. Each day I work with children who struggle with behavior and help them learn alternatives to allow them to be successful. I am so grateful to have a career in which I am able to impact the lives of children and their families every day. There is no better feeling than knowing you have made a difference in the life of a child!
In the fourteen years I’ve worked with children, I have been instrumental in mentoring and empowering young girls to become leaders in their lives. I encourage them to use their inner leader and compass to make decisions about what is best for them and who they want to become. I have worked with countless young girls to encourage and develop their skills as leaders. I am proud to hold leadership positions in various community organizations, as well as in my career, which has allowed me to demonstrate leadership in a variety of areas. I am thankful for these opportunities, as they have enabled me to be a role model and truly live my mission. As a result, I am able to use my extensive knowledge and experience to impact the lives of young girls in my community. Mentoring young girls and empowering them to become leaders is a truly priceless experience. Seeing young girls I’ve worked with achieve their goals gives me so much joy and hope for the beautiful and intelligent women they will become.
I am excited for the amazing opportunity the Mrs. America pageant has provided me to be an example of leadership and community activism. I will continue to instill the power of an education to young girls I work with and to show them that beauty pageants are more than skin deep. I plan to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience as your Mrs. Minnesota America.