Monica graduated from Canterbury University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching.
She taught in Taumarunui for the first 7 years of her career, working as both an art specialist teacher and a classroom teacher, before returning to Canterbury. In Ashburton, she taught a range of levels as a classroom teacher until 2015 when she took a position as Art Technology teacher at Oamaru Intermediate School.
In her limited free time, Monica spends time with her three boys, husband, and dog. She also reads a lot, gardens, renovates her home and enjoys sketching and painting landscapes or experimenting with new materials and art-making techniques.