I am a firm believer that relationships come before rigor in a successful classroom. By establishing a culture of acceptance, love, and respect, teachers are able to ensure students overcome barriers that impact their success through a solid foundation of social-emotional learning and high expectations. In addition, I have taught grade levels ranging from 1st through 8th, as well as in various classroom settings, including co-teaching in two special education inclusion classrooms, serving as an RTI interventionist in the middle grades, and daily collaboration with EL teachers in a culturally diverse school.
Some of my professional accomplishments during my 27-year career in education include a Master's Degree in Special Education from West Virginia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education K-8 from Fairmont State College. I have also served on various district standards focus teams in Warren County Public Schools and was appointed as the district lead mentor for the Ohio Resident Educator Program during my career in Wellsville. Recently, I received an honorary social work degree from the WKU Delta Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society for my volunteer work after the devastating tornadoes that hit Bowling Green, KY in December of 2021.
My family and I moved to Kentucky four years ago and have loved every moment we've spent here in the Bluegrass State. I have been so fortunate to teach at Jennings Creek Elementary since we arrived in Bowling Green and can't wait to continue my educational journey as part of The Wolfpack.