• grand haven   I'm never quite sure where an "about me" should start but at the risk of being boring, I think I will start at the beginning. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and lived around there most of my childhood. I have 2 sisters and am the middle child.  I love to complain about being in the middle but it really isn't that big of a deal. Right before I started high school, we moved to Grand Haven where my extended family still lives. I love to visit and walk the boardwalk, which always includes an ice cream cone! I was a Grand Haven Buccaneer - good practice for my future life as a Pirate. 
     
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    After high school, I headed off to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to fulfill my dream of being a teacher.  Four years later, I graduated and was offered my first teaching position in Gary, Indiana.  I taught 7th and 8th grade math at Beckman Junior High.  During that year, I met someone special and the next fall I became Mrs. Staffeld.  After 2 years at Beckman, I got a job at Edison Junior High in Lake Station.  I taught 7th grade math there for almost 5 years.  During my 5th year at Lake Station, I became a Mom!  I spent the next few years being an "at home Mom" to 2 daughters and 1 son.  When my son started school, I was fortunate enough to find a half day teaching position at Merrillville High School.  I worked half a day the first year and have worked full time at MHS since.  I love teaching high school.  Every day is different!  Every class is different! 
     
    I do have a life outside of MHS!  We really enjoy family time at our house. All 3 of my children have graduated from college.  Two of them are married and none of them live in Indiana.  It is more of a challenge to spend time together, but worth the effort.  We enjoyed camping as a family when the kids were younger and all of us still savor the smell of a campfire.  I enjoy my garden in the summer and quilting in the winter.  A couple of  years ago we added geocaching to our list of activities.  It combines my love of hiking and my fascination with technology.  If you are not sure what it is, ask me.