Traci Klein grew up mostly in Massachusetts, then moved west to go to Brigham Young University in Utah. She graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature in 1993. After a stint in Salt Lake City while her first husband went to medical school and their two boys were born, they moved to Tucson. Traci decided to switch fields and did graduate work in Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona and worked as a lab researcher for several years. After taking time at home to raise her sons, and after a divorce, she decided to dip her toes into education and began working as a long term substitute in the Baboquivari School District on the Tohono O’odham Nation while taking online education classes. She received her teaching certificate and has been teaching 7th grade science at Valencia Middle School for 6 years. She has also been the MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Club Advisor for 5 years. Currently she is enrolled in the Masters in Educational Leadership program at NAU and hopes to go into administration.