For eight years I was an educator for NDSU Extension Service, focusing on nutrition education for young children. I taught Pre-K - 5th grade classrooms a variety of health education topics including nutrition education, hand washing, and manners. In addition, I have been a self employed nutrition consultant for twelve years. For the past four years I have also taught the nutrition courses at Lake Region State College. I began my own business 'Nutrition in Action' in 2009 and began developing my own health education products.
My teaching style is creative and fun. I aim for students to learn about nutrition and physical activity while reading, listening to music, and moving their bodies. My lesson plans incorporate music, movement, and children's literacy.
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I earned my Masters Degree in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences from North Dakota State University in 2007 and my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota in 2000; I am also a Licensed Nutritionist.
I served for four years on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Nutrition Council and served as North Dakota Nutrition Council President in 2008-2009. My research has been published in the Journal of Extension. I am also a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In 2009 I partnered with musical artists and storybook authors; Angela Russ-Ayon and Gary Lapow to offer power-packed curricula that is changing the way we incorporate music, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle in classrooms. As a teacher, I began developing my own health education curricula and later started my own business 'Nutrition in Action'! Nutrition in Action products takes the guess work out of nutrition education by offering educational materials that are grab-and-go for educators. Nutrition in Action is a creative, fun, and innovative way for children to learn about nutrition and physical activity while meeting school Content and Achievement Standards.