I was born in Philadelphia, and attended Northeast High School. Following high school, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies at Penn State. I managed the office of a biomedical research facility for 5 years following college, and prior to entering the teaching field. I received my Master of Education Degree from Cedar Crest College in 2007. I spent my first year teaching at Louis E. Dieruff High School in Allentown, prior to coming to Emmaus.