From the time I was
very young playing school with my younger cousins and stuffed animals, I knew
that teaching would be my chosen path. I began this journey by completing my
undergraduate work at Illinois State University and then obtained a Master’s degree
from the University of South Carolina a few years later.
years of teaching, I have also gained National Board Certification and have
successfully completed the renewal process. I have taught children all of ages
from age six to thirteen in a variety of educational settings with the majority
of my experiences being here at the Center for Inquiry. For eighteen years I
have been incredibly blessed with the opportunity to live and work with an
amazing group of colleagues, children and families.
I have also been
incredibly lucky to have my children be a part of this community. Our
twelve-year-old twins thrived during their years here and even though they’ve
now moved on to the world of middle school, they still consider CFI to be their
Our youngest son is
in the 4th grade and still rides with me to school everyday. I
am treasuring our conversations and time together as I know that it will not
last much longer. Our extended family is very involved in our life and you will
often see the grandparents attending gatherings and school functions. It’s wonderful
to have both school and home families so intertwined. It just feels right.
Outside of school,
our family loves to spend time jumping waves at the beach as well as hiking in
the mountains. We are very active with sports, horseback riding, music lessons,
and church activities. Walt Disney World and the Gamecocks are our guilty
pleasures, but the Midwestern girl in me still believes that the Cubs, will in
fact, one day win the World Series. Maybe next year.