Mrs. Harper was born in Joplin, Missouri. She went to Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, OK. She loves science and likes high school students, so it was a perfect fit for her to become a science teacher. She originally went to school on a pre-med track and then later decided she didn't want to be a doctor. Kansas needed highly qualified science teachers so she switched over from the medical field to education. She graduated from Southwestern in Winfield, KS, then FHSU and WSU for her Transition 2 Teaching Program. She decided to come to Ingalls when she was pregnant with her 2nd child, Isaac. They wanted a house within a 30 mile radius of Garden City. When they bought the house and the job in Ingalls opened up it was perfect for her.