Shelly is the University Department Chair and Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program at Keiser University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and church music from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she moved to Arizona where she worked as an associate director of church music for two years and a music teacher in the public schools for eighteen years. While teaching, she continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She is editor for Making Music Fun, a website devoted to free music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors, and homeschool parents. In 2007 she married her supportive, loving husband David. Together they enjoy sneaking away for the weekend to various local destinations. Shelly also volunteers at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.