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Hi I'm Cori

Three of my four children were adopted out of the foster care system. My husband is Native American. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a high school dance and theater teacher, plus I manage a performing arts center in a neighboring community.I am always producing or directing a play, dance program etc. on top of teaching.I have a BA in dance and an MA in Special Education. Of my 14 years in teaching, I spent 4 years as an Autism teacher and a total of 8 years working as a resource teacher or case mgr. As a family we love to be out doors, camping, hiking and fishing. We are always on the go! My oldest just entered high school and plays percussion in the high school band. My two daughters whom we adopted at the ages of two and four are also involved in the arts. We have a good relationship with their biological mother and their half siblings. Our youngest just turned two and his adoption finalized Nov. 2014. We brought him home from the hospital when he was five days old. When I am home I enjoy cooking, arts and crafts, quilting and sewing, but that is usually reserved for over the summer. My husband and I recently celebrated 15 years of marraige, and to be honest, we've struggled and still are to some extent. After our first child was born, we struggled for seven years with infertility. After years of prayer, and fertility treatments, I finally became pregnant only to miscarry at 8 weeks. We earlier decided to try foster care with the hopes of adopting. The call for our girls came within a week of the miscarraige. Within a three year span we fostered nearly a dozen children and adopted three.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the church. My dad joined in his youth when his whole family did, my mom didn't join until I was nine years old. I was raised between the LDS religion and the Catholic religion. I remember going to mass occassionally with my mom and attending church with my dad on alternating weeks when I was very young. Despite my consistent upbringing in the church from age nine, I didn't really develop my own knowledge until I attended college. I was somewhat inactive when I attended college, but thanks to some wonderful room mates and friends, I rediscovered the church. I remember the moment when "I knew" this was where I belonged. After some time struggling to become active again and a bad relationship, I was sitting in the chapel of the institute building trying to make sense of my recent struggles when the thought, almost an audible voice came to mind saying "You know the answer to this, and you know what you need to do". I can't say that I've been a perfect member since. I still struggle with periods of inactivity, especially after my miscarraige, but it still comes back to the feeling of peace I felt at that moment where I knew. Over the years I can see where the Lord has had a direct hand in my life by sending people and opportunities, and I can see when I've been the tool in the Lord's hand and have been able to be the answers to others prayers. In that I find the deepest satisfaction and peace. When I struggle I serve and I am blessed for it. Despite my struggles and periods of inactivity, I do know the church is true and its teachings are the culmination of a complete plan the Lord has set forth for each of us, because he loves us. It doesn't matter who we are, what we've done, or our struggles or differences in religion, beliefs etc. we are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves us.

How I live my faith

I am very active in the community I work in, part of it is due to my job in public education. There are always opportunities to serve others as a teacher, I often volunteer for projects without any compensation such as school plays, community events. My time in special education always had opportunities for service of others. My time in special education was a blessing and very humbling. I am always looking for ways to enrich the lives of my students and my community through the arts. I also serve in church teaching youth. I recently had the opportunity to be a dance director for the youth cultural celebration for the Gilbert Temple. I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher for my 7 year old daughter's class. I often volunteer to feed the missionaries in the area, or to bring meals to those in our area that have been ill or are in need of help. I have also invited many of my friends and relatives to church, church socials, missionary discussions because I feel the church has something for everybody no matter where they are in their life and what challenges they are going through. I have recently discovered family history and indexing records online for family search. I have found this tremendously interesting. I try to do as much as I can, when I can.