I graduated from Galva-Holstein High School in 1991 and from Buena Vista University in 1995. I started teaching at Central Lyon in 1995. I taught 1st Grade for 4 years, Kindergarten for 16 years, and have been teaching 2nd Grade since 2015. In 1997, I married Tim Boekhout, so we just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. We have 2 children, Brandt and Brecken. Brandt graduated from CL in 2017 and SDSU in 2021 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries. He has been awarded a graduate assistantship at ISU to earn his masters in Fisheries Biology doing research on invasive carp movement and survival in tributaries of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Brecken graduated from CL in 2019 and LATU in 2021 with a degree in Dental Assisting. She is currently the 1-year-old Room Director at Rock Rapids Kids Club where she adores those littles. We also have two dogs, Boomer and Buster (Ava's pictured, but is now waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge). We enjoy living in Rock Rapids, but love traveling anywhere warm and sunny in the winter, especially Florida and Arizona. I also work part-time at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport for United Ground Express as a below the wing ramp agent. I enjoy walking my dogs, being home with my family, traveling, thrifting, and eating out with my family and friends.