This is a photo of me and my husband, Tad.
I was born 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 18 years and my husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have one son, Tyler, who is studying to be an electrician. We have 3 maltese dogs (Tank, Bunker, & Levi) and 2 cats (Sass and Liam). I adopted Levi and Bunker this past Christmas because their elderly owner passed away and they themselves are older dogs.
We love to go to Lake Texoma every chance we get to swim, camp, fish, and be with family and friends. I have two brothers, one older and one younger; I am the only girl in my generation on my mother’s side.
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 18 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 at Am-Po. 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 12th 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, and raising baby birds.
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. :)