Degrees and Certifications:
BS Middle Grades Education, Appalachian State University AAS Information Security, University of Maryland AAS Air Traffic Control, University of Maryland
Why I Became an Educator
I began my education journey at Kings Creek School as a middle school math tutor in the fall of 2006 and was hired the following year as a middle school teacher assistant. It was during my time there that I realized I wanted to become more than a teacher assistant. I really wanted to have my own classroom and work with my own students.
Appalachian State University began a BS in Middle Grades Education program at Caldwell Community College in the fall of 2007. I applied, was accepted, and began working towards becoming a middle school teacher. I graduated, Magna Cum Laude, in May 2011. I passed both the North Carolina science and mathematics Praxis, earning the distinction of being Highly Qualified. I was hired to be a 6th grade math & science teacher at Gamewell for the 2011-2012 school year. This year (2023-2024) will be my 13th year here, working with 6th grade students.
Favorite Educational Quote and Why
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." If Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players, says it okay to fail, then it must be true. You may fail at many things in life, but if you never try, you'll never know what you can do. This is so true for my math students; all I ever ask is that you try and don't quit on yourself.
Favorite Place in Caldwell County
I enjoy going to the Caldwell County Public Library, their staff are some of the nicest people I've met. I always leave with a stack of books. Then, I hit Camp Coffee, their lavendar honey lattes are the best. I bring it all back to my front porch where I sit and relax watching the birds at their feeders.
I enjoy being outdoors and love to go walking through my woods and wading in our creek looking for treasures like feathers and cool quartz formations. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I come across an animal skeleton that I can clean up and bring into my classroom! I'm not a great gardener, but I do like growing summer vegetables and tending to my flowers. I also love curling up on my front porch with a good book or magazine, watching the hummingbirds at their feeders.
After four long years, we are now dog owners again! We adopted a sweet one year old pup from an animal shelter in AZ in June 2023. She had spent 10 months of her young life in that shelter. She is now in her forever home, slowly adjusting to a good life, filled with walks, belly rubs and all the love she can handle.
"Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do"
These are the Air Force core values and the values I try to carry over into my classroom.
I served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant in August 2005. Our family decided to make one final move to be closer to the rest of our extended family and we relocated to Lenoir in 2006.
I chose the science concentration because I want my students to realize that science exists all around them. I have always enjoyed investigating and discovering new things and I want to pass that onto my students.
I decided on the mathematics concentration because as a student, I struggled with math. I always felt that everyone “got it” except for me. I believe that I can understand and relate to why many students feel discouraged in math and I want to work with them to help them realize that they can be successful, and yes, grow to like math!
What Else? I'm vegan! Which means I do my best not to consume any animal products. My favorite place to eat out is Chipotle here in town and at Coyote Kitchen in Boone.