Ms. Schmidt has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University; and a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University. Recently Ms. Schmidt completed a K-12 Reading Certification Program from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.She has worked as a Title I paraprofessional, a teacher at a Children's World Learning Center, a substitute teacher at Tesseract Private School, and was employed at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood for three years. Most recently she spent thirteen years at HOPE Community Academy Charter School in St. Paul.
Ms. Schmidt grew up in Cambridge, Minnesota and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1978. Ms. Schmidt currently resides on Fish Lake in the Harris, Minnesota area. She has a daughter named Lydia who is married, lives in Chaska, and works as a Chiropractor at her own clinic, Vaida Wellness Center in Wayzata. Ms. Schmidt enjoys watching sports, working out, ballroom dancing, traveling, skating, reading, and biking in her free time. During the summer she participates in several bike tours, such as the Tour de Tonka and the Tour de Hugo. Ms. Schmidt also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.