I was an Army Brat and lived in Germany for 13 years.
I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan.
I love to travel. My dream destination is New Zealand.
I was an elementary school teacher in Chicago before attending graduate school at Northwestern University to study speech-language pathology.
I have a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old, one dog, and two cats. Our house is pretty busy.
I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. The 10th Doctor is my personal favorite.
I dabble in photography and anthropology.
Favorite children’s books: Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua, Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren, Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall, A Blue So Blue by Jean-François Dumont, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle and Rafael López, Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, His Dark Materialstrilogyby Philip Pullman,Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Peter Pan by James Barrie, Princess and the Pea retold by Rachel Isadora, The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and everything by Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Ezra Jack Keats, and Dr. Seuss
Other favorite books: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Cane by Jean Toomer, Epileptic by David B., The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, Interviewwith theVampire by Anne Rice, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Prizes by Janet Frame, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Weight by Jeanette Winterson, and everything by Toni Morrison,
Favorite poems: “Dreams” by Langston Hughes, “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot, and “Song” by Allen Ginsberg