I was born in California; however, I only stayed there for three weeks. My father was in the Air Force and we moved around quite a bit. I was fortunate to get to live in many different places and attend lots of different schools. I worked my way through college working nights at a hotel. Shortly after I graduated with a degree in history, I got a promotion and took a position in hotel management. Many years later I took a job at a software development company as the CFO where I stayed for a year and a half. I have been at Odyssey since the fall of 2006. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife and six wonderful children.
I earned my degree from Utah State University; a dual major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with an emphasis in science and an endorsement in math. The endorsements come from earlier declared majors of Aeronautics and Environmental Engineering. I finally found my niche in Education and have not regretted any minute of it. I taught kindergarten for nine years prior to becoming Assistant Director at Odyssey. I have been at Odyssey since its inception and love everything about it!
I love traveling and have been many places within the United States as well as abroad. But with all my travels and adventures, my favorite place to go is deep into any red rock canyon in south central Utah. My number one favorite thing to do is backpacking with my family! The canyons we go to are rarely visited by others. When we end a trip without seeing another hiker, it’s a success! When I can’t fit in a backpack trip, I head up to the local canyons to enjoy the outdoors! My children have acquired this passion as well. We go into withdrawals if too much time passes between red rock adventures.
I have a passion for reading. My favorite book usually happens to be the one that I am currently reading. It is nearly impossible for me to walk out of a bookstore with one book (and in less than one hour). I dream of owning a library and reading hours and hours each day. My favorite treat, hands down, is ice cream. I love milkshakes of any kind, though as I get older (and wiser) I have cut down on the amount of ice cream intake each week. I have a hard time turning down anything with peanut butter. In my spare time, which is rare, I love reading, exercising, yard work, going for walks, and playing card games with my husband and seven children.
I was born in Idaho and moved to Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) when I was three. I love my Canadian heritage, however, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing The Star Spangled Banner continues to remind me of what a great country I live in. I went to BYU-Hawaii and BYU-Provo where I graduated with a Bachelors in Business with a minor in Retail.
I am married to a great guy, Jerry, with two amazing children attending Skyridge High School.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. The history of the European countries just amaze me while the tranquil life of the Caribbean Islands mesmerize me. In my free time, I love to find myself spending my time with my family, reading a good book, trying out a new recipe, or enjoying the fabulous outdoors either running, walking or biking.
I have been involved with Odyssey since the day we opened our doors. I delight in seeing the students and the joy they bring to the school every day.
Our family came to Odyssey Charter School the first year the school opened. It was MUCH closer to home than our previous charter school, and with two kindergarteners still to go that was important. It turned out to be a great move for us. As a parent volunteer I had helped start the library at our previous charter school and my oldest son, an avid reader, was quite disappointed to lose that library; I promised him that if we moved to this new school, I would make it my mission to help start a new library here. So I volunteered for two years to help get our library up and running, then I was hired as the librarian when the library opened in 2007.
The oldest of nine children, I grew up all over the world, including in the South Pacific, in Tonga and Kiribati, on the Indian Reservation in Arizona, and in California and Utah. My father taught in the LDS school system, including LDS Seminary. Everywhere we went, I found and enjoyed the libraries. I went to BYU where I obtained an AA degree in Library and Information Science. I met my husband, Nels Beckstrand on the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, and finally, after I had served an LDS mission to the Philippines, we were married. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2014. All five of our children have attended OCS!