Originally from Rapid City, SD, I have spent the last decade in the education reform field. I was a 2010 Teach For America corps members in Tallulah Louisiana, where I taught 5th grade. In addition, I coached soccer, ran after-school tutoring, and created a town beautification club for my students. I later worked as a community organizer in Tallulah and served as Director for Teach For America-Louisiana Delta. I was also awarded American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Public Service in India, where I worked with RIVER, a rural school choice non-governmental organization in Andrha Pradesh. I constructed an English language curriculum for grades 1-5, pedagogically trained teachers, and coached students in cross country at several village schools. Since 2018, I have been a Doctoral Academy Fellow at the University of Arkansas's Department of Education Reform. My research focuses on teacher-community attachment, social emotional learning, English language learners, and rural education. I received my bachelors of science in International Relations from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.