Sheila grew up in the Hopkins area, graduated from Hopkins High School and received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish from the University of MN-Duluth. She worked for the MN department of Natural Resources and the MN Conservation Corps for 4 years before entering into education. She worked first as a Special Education paraprofessional at the Richfield Dual Language School. Being immersed in the Spanish language and hearing the stories of coworkers’ experiences abroad inspired her to take a teaching position at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in Leon, Nicaragua. She lived in Leon, practiced and improved her Spanish and taught English at the University level for 3 years before returning to Minnesota and joining the ISLA community. Sheila is an outdoor enthusiast and an environmentalist. She has a great love for language (both teaching and learning!) She likes to read, get outside, listen to music, cook and spend time with her husband, family and friends.