A little about me
In 2001, my class of high school students and I were held hostage by a teen gunman. This experience transformed me from an average teacher into a passionate advocate for teens, a committed mentor, author, and empowerment coach.
I am on a mission to help teens step into their highest potential without stressing themselves out.
As a recovering overachiever, I know firsthand how easy it is to fall
into the “never enough” trap!
I am the daughter of a county undersheriff who taught me to shoot a pistol and drive when I was 11 years old. I grew up on a farm in southeastern Washington state, where I loved horses a whole lot more than books. Thanks to an inspired English teacher, I fell in love with reading the seventh grade. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from Brigham Young University Prove and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I am the author of two young adult novels and one nonfiction for teens: Before They Find Us (2013), Painted Blind (2012) and Relax, Girl! You Got This (2017). My husband and I reside in the Pacific Northwest with our four children.