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My Story

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Welcome and thank you for checking out and following my page! I am beyond excited to share with you about my journey as an autism advocate, musician, visionary, leader, and activist. My goal is for others to use my site as tool for those to view Autism Through a New Lens through autism education, acceptance, and inclusion.

Education

After graduating with honors at Eldon High School, I choose to attend Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Music and minoring in Communication.

Growing Up

I was born and raised in Eldon, Missouri, a small town located in the heart of the state. My parents always taught me to have an active role in my community and stay true to myself. I grew up with one brother, Brian who is my constant motivation and inspiration who has Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), a form of autism. The care and compassion visible in the people around me strongly influences my dreams of helping people throughout my lifetime.

Musician

Interesting fact about me. I play the fiddle, flute, piccolo, piano, guitar, and I sing! I began my musical journey when I decided I wanted to learn how to play the fiddle. I started fiddle lessons at the age of 7 and then added other instruments later on. I have competed and placed in various fiddle competitions around the state of Missouri. In flute I have received "1" rating at Missouri State Music Contest every year of high school (3 times for flute solo and 1 time for flute trio). These are just a few of the accomplishments I have received as a musician.

Please feel free to share your stories with me. I'd love to hear from you! If interested in booking me for your next event as a keynote speaker, entertainer, mentor, emcee, or as an ambassador for your program head over to contact listed above in the navigation menu.  

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