I graduated from Harrison High School.
I attended College of the Ozarks, then eventually transferred to Southwest Missouri State University to complete my Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Secondary Education.
Bachelor Degree in History and Secondary Education (7-12)
I have attended several different professional developments to enhance my teaching. The courses that I have completed include U of A Social Studies & Literature enhancement, Constitutional History, and Arkansas History Music & Culture, TBI and PTSD conferences with the Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, Aleecia Starkey.
I have recently been chosen to participate in the AR Teacher Fellowship Program, a collaboration between the Center for Children & Youth at the University of Arkansas, Walton Arts Center, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
I have received a Picturing America grant, which provided wonderful resources for my American History classes and colleagues.
I have been chosen to be a discussant at the National Council on Public History in Atlanta, GA on March 19, 2020.
This is my 6th year teaching at Valley Springs High School. I currently teach Pre-AP American History, Psychology and Sociology. This is my 17th year in the teaching profession.
I began as a Title I aide at Omaha, where I tutored reading to elementary students. After a year, I accepted a social studies position at Alpena, where I taught for 11 years. I have taught everything under the sun, including: Contemporary American History, American History, Civics, World History, Arkansas History, World Geography, Study Skills(writing), Psychology and Sociology, Remediation(Algebra 1 &2, Geometry, 7th & 8th grade math, 7th & 9th grade English, and Biology), .
My husband and I have been married since December 30, 2000. We have a 7 year old daughter that is our sunshine. My husband, Kevin, is also a teacher. He is employed with the Harrison School District and teaches several technology classes at the O.U.R. Cooperative throughout the summer time.
I love a good suspenseful movie. I am a big fan of Sci-Fi anything- Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica. When I have time, I like to read a good book. All Quiet on the Western Front, The Shining or anything Agatha Christie keeps me pretty content. I attempt to garden, but I think I play in the dirt more than anything else. I love finding a good bargain at yard sales or Black Friday. I won't wrestle anyone for a Tickle Me Elmo, but I do love getting a good deal!