Mrs. Rothermel was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Northwest at Gary, where she majored in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography. She later went on to earn her K-12 Visual Arts teaching license from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
In 1995, she began her teaching career in her hometown. In addition to her public and private school teaching experience-, she has also taught at a local art center, in a day treatment program for special needs students, and at an agency that serves disabled adults through employment and education. She has helped her students display and sell their work in several shows, festivals, and competitions; and has written letters of recommendations and advised in portfolio assembly. She has done art club, stage crew, and school musical art direction.
She is an artist and professional photographer that has been awarded and published; and has participated in several exhibits, competitions, and associations. She has worked in an art gallery, owned and operated a professional photography studio, and has juried and judged art shows. She has been a member of the Southern Shore Artist Association, the Area Artist Association, and in collaboration with a resident of the Artspace Uptown Lofts. Currently she is working on her graphic novel autobiography called "The Adventures of Rock-n-Roll Art Goddess" which she has been releasing one chapter at a time, and managing "Rock-n-Roll Art Army" which is an organization of all-inclusive-artists-helping-others which she created in February of 2020. This is her seventh year at Barker Middle School, and her third at Krueger Middle School.