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 graduated as a Sulphur Bulldog in 1995. Sulphur is where most of my family currently live.
I have lived in Marlow for 20 years and my husband and I have been married for 18 years. Both my husband and son are Marlow natives. We have one son, Tyler, who attended PreK-12 grades as a Marlow Outlaw and is now an electrician. We recently lost our precious maltese dog,Tank-10, who we saved at two weeks old. We currently still have our bonus maltese, Levi-13, we adopted after his elderly owner passed away and 2 cats, Sass-18 and Liam-2.
We love to go to Lake Texoma every chance we get to boat, swim, camp, fish, and be with family and friends. I have two brothers, one older and one younger; I was the only grandaughter on my mother’s side, amongst all of my cousins.
I grew up wanting to help animals, so I went to college and focused on Veterinary Technology in Tishomingo, OK. I graduated in 2000, earning an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. My first veterinary job was in Marlow when I moved here in 2000. I have been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for 20 years now.
I love being able to help animals, but I needed to focus on a long-term career. I never thought I wanted to be a teacher because of my own negative school experiences; although I did have the ONE awesome fifth grade Social Studies teacher. 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, but 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 fell in love with teaching. This will be my 13th year of teaching science 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 been part of bottle feeding puppies, kittens, raising 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. Middle school is the toughest years for the kids in my opinion, so helping raise educated well-rounded characters for our future society is my goal. Making fun, meaningful memories should be everyone’s number one goal. Welcome to my world, hope it’s a fun ride. :)