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Jacksonville State University- B.A. in Special Education for the Hearing Impaired

Jacksonville State University- Secondary Education Language Arts Add-on

University of Alabama in Huntsville- M.A. in Liberal Arts


I have been working with children since I was fifteen years old. Throughout high school and college, I worked at daycare centers. I also worked as a children's pastor for 8 years. After graduating college, I worked in Marshall County for three and half years in special education. I left education to work as a social worker for a program called Family Options. We provided intensive in-home preservation and reunification services. During this time, I learned the ins and outs of working with troubled children and families. This is where I learned my greatest skill as an educator- building relationships. Social work is very difficult, and after four years, I left to return to school. I had always dreamed of being an English teacher. When I finished my degree, my grandmother challenged me to complete my Masters degree. After graduating from UAH, I was offered a job at Discovery. I taught at Discovery Middle School for six years. When an opening became available at The Academy, I jumped at the opportunity. I joined The Academy at James Clemens High School as the English teacher in 2013.


I always find it difficult to write about myself, but there is one thing that I love to talk about: my son. I have a son who is the most awesome kid in the world. His name is Canaan. It is going to embarrass him that this is on my website, because he is a student at Bob Jones. We enjoy spending our time with our dog, Perry. He is a fluffy little mutt that looks like a miniature sheep dog. We spend our time geeking out at bookstores, watching Mythbusters and the Sci-fy channel, and going to Starbucks. We also spend a lot of our time with my family in Marshall County. Being a country girl, it is sometimes nice to get away from the city and hide out in the woods. Since I am a born and bred southern girl, I must say, "ROLL TIDE!!!"