Degrees and Certifications:
BS Middle Grades Education, Appalachian State University AAS Information Security, University of Maryland AAS Air Traffic Control, University of Maryland
I served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant in August 2005. We decided we wanted to make one final move to be near family and we relocated to Lenoir in September 2006. I started working at Kings Creek School as a middle school math tutor and was hired the next 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 (2018-2019) will be my eighth year here, working with 6th grade students.
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 mathematics and I want to work with them to help them realize that they can be successful, and yes, grow to like math!
What do I do in my spare time? I enjoy being outdoors, reading, and playing with my dogs. I am an active volunteer with the Caldwell Humane Society. We have two dogs of our own and three cats (all shelter rescues and strays).