Friday, October 24, 2008
I grew up in Farmington ME where I attended Mt. Blue High School. I played soccer, basketball, and attempted to play softball but that was more for something to do as I wasn't very good. I graduated in 1999 and went on to pursue my career goal of becomming a teacher at the University of Maine at Farmington. I played soccer and basketball for UMF and it was here that I learned of my love for health. I majored in Community Health Education but kept my options open by also completing the School Health Education concentration so I could teach/coach one day. After a successful college career and an All American award in soccer, I graduated in 2003. I realized after my final semester in college that teaching was not really what I thought it would be, so I decided to pursue the field of public health more. I hung around town for a semester to earn money and ventured off in the Spring of 2004 to West Chester University in Pennsylvania. I had a full time graduate assistant position that paid my tuition and I lived on campus with 4 inner city Philadelphia undergrad students! That was interesting and a daunting task at times, but I learned a lot about myself and managed to make it. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Public Health in 2005 and came back to Maine to live and work. I taught community health education back at UMF for one year while I lived in Portland on the weekends and spent time with Keith. After UMF, I took a job with the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, which is part of the Maine Center For Disease Control and Prevention. That brings me to where I am today. I have fulfilled the pre-requisites for nursing school and hope to get accepted into USM's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree, which begins this coming May. If I do, I will be done and hopefully will be an RN August 2010. I should also mention that I have 7 beautiful nieces/nephews and one more on the way in December! I have been blessed with so much over the years and can't wait to see what the future holds for our family!