My fascination with history has been a journey with twists, turns, and detours. History was my favorite subject in high school with sewing, embroidery, and reading my pastimes in the summer. In college, design took center stage: I earned a dual associates degree in Floral Design and Marketing along with Small Business Management from The Agricultural Technical Institute of The Ohio State University. I continued my passion for design with a BA in Interior Design from the University of Akron, where I realized how much I enjoyed being part of the academic world. So, I continued my education and began to teach. I have taught all levels of interior design classes along with some textile classes at the University of Akron over the last five years. In December 2018, I received my Master of Arts degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design. Now I am taking graduate history courses to pursue a post graduate degree in History. My focus is on material culture and decorative arts during the progressive era. My goal is to work with museums and objects throughout northeast Ohio to create cohesive, academic narratives of everyday life through material culture studies.