Mrs. Novinger grew up in Brookfield, Mo. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education from Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State, in Kirksville, Mo. She is married to Mike Novinger and they live on a farm in Epworth. They have two daughters, Tenille and Michaele. Mrs. Novinger has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and walking.