Carla grew up in Wisconsin but has moved many times during her life. She came to Madison to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She started at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse as a Secondary Music major, and left there to attend Red Wing Technical College, where she earned a degree in Band Instrument Repair.
After moving to Provo, Utah, she found her calling for teaching as a teacher's aid for special needs students. She came back to Madison and finished her degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Before she came to St. Dennis, she was a software trainer for adults and businesses. She has also worked as a band instrument technician for the UW and for several music stores. She says St. Dennis students are very enthusiastic about learning. She adds, "It's very fun to teach them and learn new things with them." Carla plays alto sax in Jazz Ahead, a 16-piece big band.