Hello Viking Nation
A little about me
I have taught at NWMS for 17 years in either a math or social studies position. I have also taught in Oklahoma and California. I took several years off to raise my children before returning to my North Carolina classroom when my youngest entered Kindergarten at Stokesdale.
I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in elementary education, with certifications in language arts and social studies. GO COWBOYS!!!
I received my M.Ed in curriculum and instruction with math emphasis from the University of Texas, Arlington. I earned a 2 year Advanced Learner certification from High Point University.
I was invited to help write NC Final assessment questions for the State Department of Education. I was also invited to be a DOE reviewer for the new 2021 Social Studies Standards. I am a beginning teacher mentor and evaluate new teachers portfolios for Pearson Education.
In addition to teaching, I serve as the Social Studies lead for NWMS and help prepare middle schoolers for the NWHS Marching Band Color Guard Program.
I have been married to Jay for 31 years and we have three amazing children. Jay is a backyard astronomer and helps Mr. Groce and Mr. McNicholas with the NWMS astronomy club which meets at Oak Ridge Park on Fridays when there are clear skies.
Seth graduated from NWHS and App State with a major in geology. Seth studied abroad in Italy and was able to the K-T boundary. I use his travels to help explain the geography and history of Italy. He married Shauna, another NWHS graduate! She is currently at UNC-Greensboro obtaining her doctorate in Nursing to become a Nurse Anesthetist. They live in Raleigh with my grand dogs, Boone and Lup. Go MOUNTAINEERS!
Grace graduated from NWHS and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in business administration and marketing at their Belk School of Business. She studied abroad in Europe and I use her experiences to help teach the geography and history. She began her career at Cato Corporation and is now at Hanes Brands in Winston Salem. GO 49ers!
Faith graduated from NWHS and graduated in August from North Carolina State University with a degree in Fashion and Textiles Management with a concentration in Fashion Development and Product Management. Go WOLFPACK!
When I have time, I enjoy reading, learning more about history, playing with our dogs and researching geneaology. My vision board has us retiring in a little beach house on the beautiful NC shores, but retirement is not in my near future at this point.