I was born in Shelby, Ohio and lived in the country where my 3 younger siblings and I loved to play outside. When we were inside, our favorite pastime was singing and making up dances to songs (and convincing our dad to videotape our dances!) We moved to Stow, Ohio when I was 9 and I quickly got involved in softball, tennis, choirs, marching band, and community service. My parents still live in Stow.
Mom sang to me ALL THE TIME and took me to the library story time, where I learned more songs. I have never stopped singing. I started playing piano and sang in choirs at 5 years old. I played trumpet, French horn, and mellophone in middle and high school and was involved in concert, marching, and jazz bands throughout that time. In college, I pursued my interest in singing and was fortunate to be a vocalist in an all-female a cappella group and a bluegrass band. Currently, I sing with my worship band at church once a month (and with my son every day!)
My husband, Remington, and I are high school sweet hearts who stayed together while attending separate colleges and finally came together in Columbus. We love living in Columbus! Brecken, our 2 year old son, is our little miracle and the light of my life. We all love spending time together playing outside, cooking, reading, singing, and just being silly. We also have two adorable and loving adopted dogs named Mason and Claire.
I hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Educational Studies, as well as a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in education from Kent State University. Over the past 9 years I have been a classroom teacher for students ages preschool-2nd grade at Chapelfield Elementary in Gahanna. Teaching is absolutely my passion and my calling. I currently stay home with our son and am so blessed to get to teach and learn from him every single day. I am so blessed to get to spend each day with my funny, curious, spunky little boy. I am also LOVING teaching WeJoySing and getting to use my teaching background in a brand new way.
My husband and I were heavily involved in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting prior to Brecken. I have always been interested in fitness and joined a gym where I could nurture that interest and pursue some personal fitness goals. In 2014, I competed in Olympic Weightlifting at the Arnold Classic and qualified to compete in a National Olympic Weightlifting competition in Washington D.C. later that year! It’s still surreal to think that I got to compete at that level, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had the experience.
I love to cook and wanted to share that passion with friends and loved ones through my recipe blog: Don’t Worry Live Healthy . Although I am not currently active on the blog, I have quite a large collection of recipes already shared and plan to start working on it again in the future. It’s a fun creative outlet and a way for me to share my recipes with the world!
Can't wait to get to play with you and your child at WeJoySing! We'll have a delightful time singing, learning and playing together!