Born and raised in Joliet, I am a proud lifetime resident of Will County. In 2003, I was deployed to Iraq to serve in combat and as a military police officer. It was from this experience that I learned to fight for beliefs bigger than my own.
In 2007, I continued that same fight but this time I brought the courage and determination to the classroom. My desire to give back and help shape the next generation of leaders propelled me into the education field. I spent over 10 years in the traditional school setting as a chemistry and physics teacher and as an administrator. I currently own and operate After the Peanut, a STEM Education Company and Foundation.
I have worked with the NAACP, YMCA, Girls Scouts, National Hook Up of Black Women (Joliet), Fairmont Community Partnership and numerous churches, schools and other non-profits. Some of my professional work includes National Geographic Educator of the Week, National Science Teacher Association Conference Presenter, TED Innovative Educator, SXSWedu Mentor and Panelist and Women in STEM Entrepreneur Award Recipient for CKL Engineering.
Now I want to fight for the people of Will County to help continue the great work that has been started.
Simply stated, I want to work for the people of Will County! Will County is a great place to live, work, and play. I want to continue building on the great work that has been started. Whether that is bringing more funding to Will County for much needed infrastructure projects; being fiscally responsible for taxpayers hard earned money; or promoting innovative job creation, I want to add to what’s already a model county for our nation.
As a combat veteran the idea of selfless service, loyalty, and duty has been my foundation in all the work I do. I want to do that work in Will County! I understand the need for equitable policies, strategic planning, efficient communication and teamwork to continue to help Will County thrive. This same passion and drive that led me to want to start my own company, is also present in my desire to reach more community members and contribute to the growth of Will County by serving as a member of the board.
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