Growing up I always had a knack for fixing things and loved anything with wheels. Out of high school I attended the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) where I studied Collision Repair and Restoration. There I received training in every aspect of collision repair from structural/frame, suspension, electrical and body/refinishing. Since then, I have worked in the Collision Repair/Custom Autobody and Paint Industry for almost ten years working on a wide range of vehicles including some of the most high end cars in production. I built my own bus (School of Life Bus) with my wife, Tamra. We have lived in our bus for over three years with our son, Kalon, and love it. I have helped several others build their skoolies/tiny houses from installing solar/shore power, plumbing, paint, interior work and much more. I have a passion for upcycling and refabricating to bring new life and purpose to old things. However, I love anything that is challenging and requires me to use my creative side. In 2018, I started doing bus conversions on a professional level including completing roof raises on a scale to match or exceed OEM structure. I currently travel the states with my family ran company, RoadRoots Upfitters, to bring quality custom conversion services to you.
Being from a small rural town, I didn’t have your typical childhood. I spent a lot of time outdoors and with my dad on the farm. I was active in 4-H from the age of eight and FFA as soon as I could. While most girls took home economics, I took shop class, welding, and wood shop (though to be fair I was a cheerleader too). Two years during high school, I took welding projects to the San Antonio Livestock show. After graduation, I went to community college and then to The University of North Texas where I graduated with a bachelor’s in biology with minors in chemistry and secondary education. While finishing up my last year of college, I helped my husband design and build our home, The School of Life bus. I enjoy building in tiny spaces, coming up with clever storage solutions and floorplans, because it is a creative outlet similar doing a puzzle and the results are very rewarding. In 2016, I finally opened my sewing machine that had been new in the box for so many years that it’s too sad to admit. This led to me opening a small upcycling business designing women’s clothing and accessories. I enjoy working with old or used materials and bringing new and unexpected life to them. As my sewing skills were fine-tuned, I was excited to be able to make curtains, pillows, etc. for our bus conversion. I am thrilled to be able to offer these services to our customers so that we can truly make their bus feel like home when we are done with it.