Where are you from? Where did you study?
I was born and raised in LaVista, Nebraska. My dad was in the military so we lived near Offutt AFB which is the headquarters for the Air Force. I received my undergrad degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Winston-Salem State University located in Winston-Salem, NC. I received my Master’s degree in Education from the University of NC at Charlotte.I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of NC at Charlotte. I will be graduating in May 2016.
Have you always wanted to teach?
No, I actually did not plan on becoming a teacher. My initial life plan was to join the military like my father. My mother encouraged me to go to college instead. I actually loved what I was doing as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Several life changing events led me to the field of education.
What personal strengths do you find especially helpful in your teaching?
I am patient and empathetic with my students. I take the time to find the source of my student’s negative behavior in order to help him/her explore healthy coping skills for the feelings associated with the negative misbehavior.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
Unfortunately, I feel that some social media outlets have created the façade that it is okay to say and do anything without consequences. It is difficult to help my students understand that the world actually does have consequences for negative behavior. It is also difficult to keep students motivated to learn because of the attachment to social media.
What do you like best about CC Griffin Middle?
I appreciate the level of support that I receive from other teachers when one of my students is ready to be in mainstream classes. I have several teachers who are willing to take on the challenge of providing differentiated instruction so that my students are successful.
What do you plan on doing over the summer?
For the past 6 years, I have been a part of the summer camp staff for the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Department. I also took two summer classes for graduate school. I am looking forward to next summer when I get to just chill out!!
And last but not least...
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite flavor is probably Moose Tracks or just a classic chocolate flavor ice cream.