I come from a pretty cool educational pedigree starting as an elementary teacher in Del Valle, Texas back in 1986, moving on to teach high school English and gifted education in St Joseph, MO. I was given the opportunity to return to my passion - professional development -- as one of the first instructional coaches in SJSD, and went on to serve as a secondary administrator – assistant principal, co-principal, and lead principal over the course of eight years. Since 2013, I have been the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Staff Development for Liberty Public Schools in Liberty, MO -- a district in which I am proud to serve. I am married to Kurt Westfall going on 33 years, and we have two sons who are too far away for their parents own good. I serve on the Missouri Learning Forward Board of Directors as the Region 3 representative from the Kansas City area.