I was born and raised in the Big Sky state of Montana and didn’t appreciate it nearly enough at the time. I left as soon as I graduated high school and earned a film degree at the University of Oklahoma. LOVED what I studied, haven’t used it since. My husband regularly makes fun of me for how much I dislike watching movies.
After college, I taught 8th grade math in rural Greensboro, Alabama as a part of the 2011 Teach For America corps. While I have complicated feelings about TFA (who doesn’t?), I will never regret the experience, which taught me so much about myself—and gave me the chance to meet some amazing people.
I then moved to Nepal and taught English as a Second Language at a rural government school in the Middle Hills as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. The best part was learning to speak Nepali and living with my host family, becoming another member of their family. Nothing can compare to that experience.
Following Nepal, I moved to the Bay Area for a guy—which worked out pretty well (cuz we’re married now. Woop-woop!). I continued teaching in Oakland—this time as an after-school program manager for BUILD, a nonprofit that teaches entrepreneurship to high school students.
We now live in Austin. I do Knowledge Management for BUILD and spend the rest of my time writing and pursuing publication. I am actively seeking publication for a novel — a queer retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in sororities and fraternities in the south, based on my experiences while at OU. I am also working on a new collection of short stories set in a cult.