This is a photo of me and my husband, Tad.
I was born on a naval base in Goldsboro, North Carolina and moved to Oklahoma when I was two. I moved around a lot as a kid because my dad was a rough neck in the oil field. I have attended Verden, Am-po, Chickasha, Davis, and Sulphur schools. I’ve also been a Rockport,Texas Pirate for two seasons; as I was a “snowbird” with my grandparents my sophmore and junior year of high school. I graduated as a Sulphur Bulldog in 1995. Sulphur is where most of my family currently live.
I have lived in Marlow for 21 years and my husband and I have been married for 19 years. Both my husband and son are Marlow natives. Our son,Tyler, graduated as an Outlaw in 2015 and is now an electrician. I am a middle child, being between two brothers. My husband and I love to go to Lake Texoma and surrounding lakes every chance we get to fish, boat, swim, camp, off-road, and be with family and friends. We recently had our first gbaby, Ryker Lane who will be two in February.
I grew up wanting to help animals, so I first went to college and focused on Veterinary Technology in Tishomingo, OK. I graduated in 2000, earning an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Murray State College. My first veterinary job was in Marlow, with Dr.Graf, when I moved here in 2000. I also worked one summer with Dr.Hammond, and five years at my absolute favorite 24 hour clinic, Neel Vet in OKC. I have been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for 21 years now.
Through substituting, I found that it was all up to the teacher to make learning a meaningful experience. I decided to continue my love for animals, and also pursue a career in teaching. I continued working at Neel Veterinary Hospital while attending USAO in Chickasha, OK and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 2007. I was hired that same year and became a MMS teacher.
I fell in love with teaching. This is my 15th year of teaching, I’ve been blessed to be in the same classroom and the same subject for 6th grade science at Marlow, and I am having a blast! I am still a licensed veterinary technician and will continue helping furry friends during my summer breaks and if we’re lucky, we may have a few surprises throughout the year in our classroom. My past classes have experienced bottle feeding puppies, kittens (shout out to Mr.Coffman’s “Happy Jack”), baby birds, and other misc. critters.
My purpose of a teacher is to make the most out of the students sixth grade year. As a teacher, we wear many hats and I hope to make positive impacts on ALL students whenever possible. In my opinion, middle school is the toughest years for the kids, and some parents. My goal, as a teacher, is like being a “bonus parent” who is helping raise educated, responsible, well-rounded characters for our future society. Making fun, meaningful memories should be everyone’s number one goal. Welcome to my world, hope it’s a fun ride!!