I was raised in the small farming community of Early in northwest Iowa. My parents still live there and enjoy the slow-paced life I enjoyed as a child. I am the fourth of five children in a close-knit family. I love getting together for family gatherings to share a laugh and reminisce with my siblings.
In 1996, I graduated from Schaller-Crestland High School and moved to Cedar Falls to attend UNI. I majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. While in college, I took the opportunity to study abroad in Spain at the University of Oviedo. After completing my studies at UNI, I began teaching at St. Patrick School in 2001.
In 2004, I married Marcus Kjeldsen, and we have three children, Parker and Genevieve who are students at St. Patrick School and Eloise who is the newest addition to our family. Between family and teaching my life is very full, but I enjoy the challenge, as these are two of my passions.
I enjoy working at St. Patrick for many reasons. I’m proud of the high academic standards the students are challenged with on a daily basis and the achievements that come from these high expectations. I’m proud to be part of a school that is more like a small family. We are brought together because of our faith, and we support this common purpose through the modeling of love, patience, and sincerity in our teaching. I believe I am truly blessed to be a part of the St. Patrick community.