I graduated from Emporia High School in 1977.
I graduated from Emporia State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education.
I graduated from Emporia State University in 2004 with a Master’s in Library Science.
I have been the librarian at Burlington Elementary for 15 years.
My office is located at the Elementary school.
I substituted a year after graduating with a Bachelors of Elementary Education. Work was sporadic and I needed a steady paycheck so I went to work for Modine Manufacturing building radiators. I learned so much working in a factory that I have used my whole life. I learned time management, organization, tolerance, and that working in a factory is not what I wanted to do for my whole life.
After giving birth to my daughter, I opened a day care and began studying to get recertified. I again began substituting when the superintendent of Hamilton, Kansas offered me a position in their K-12 library. I was actually performing my duties as a K-12 librarian while taking classes to earn my degree in library science.
On a whim while picking up my daughter from a Girl Scout event at Wolf Creek, I put in an application at Burlington Elementary for the elementary library position. I was offered the position and it has been the perfect fit.
I live in Olpe, Kansas with my husband, Jerry Tempelmeyer. Jerry is a forklift driver at Simmons in Emporia and is a volunteer fireman in Olpe. He also is vice-president of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club in our area. We have been married 29 years on September 30.
I have a stepson,Jet, who lives in Gardner and 2 grandchildren, Damien and Angel, who go to school in Independence, Kansas
I have a daughter, Nicole, who lives in Topeka, Kansas and is a Physical Therapy Assistant who works for Resource. She is getting married in October to her wonderful fiance, Davis Atteberry.
I have 3 dogs and 1 cat.
I love reading for pleasure and want to instill that love of reading in all of my students. When my students tell me they hate to read, I explain that we have just not found the right book yet.
I also enjoy riding on the back of our Harley when the weather is nice. My husband and I ride many benefit rides and help raise funds for children who have been victims of a fire.
My family is very important. I love to have everyone gather at my home and get caught up on what is happening in their lives. I have a sister who has 2 girls. My mom is still living so it is a small, tight group. However, I married into a big family. My husband is one of 8 and I have 19 nieces and nephews who have married and given us great nieces and nephews.