I worked as a zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo for 7 years. I got my degree in environmental science at KU and worked as a naturalist at the Lawrence nature center for 3 years before taking a job at the zoo. I spent a lot of time doing the bird show and giving educational talks in addition to caring for the animals. I started working as a substitute teacher last semester. I love getting to work in different environments and having a flexible schedule. My husband and I have black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do and have taught martial arts for the past 2 years. We have a 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son in the De Soto School District.