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Education
  • Supervisor of Attendance Endorsement, University of Tennesse at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • M.A.  Degree in Curriculum and Instruction,   Tusculum College, Greenville, Tennessee

  • B.S.  Degree in Elementary Education,   Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, Tennessee

 



Experience
  • Rogers Creek Elementary School

  • Idlewild Elementary School

  • Riceville Elementary School

  • Niota Elementary School



Bio

Just like hooked on phonics, I am a Christian hooked on Jesus.  It is said that as a twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.  My early educational influences, as well as my vast experiences, have had a lasting effect on my decision to be a lifelong learner.  The importance of education was stressed by my grandfather who took the road less traveled by being the only one of twelve children to graduate from high school.  The importance of education would be a lesson well taught as five of his six children would become educators.  As many children do, my twin and I followed in the footsteps of our parents who were both educators with dual Masters Degrees.  My twin dreamed of being all that she could be as a teacher teaching elementary school, high school, and then becoming a guidance counselor.   My dream was to be a Communications major, move to Maryland, and study at the University of Maryland.  I would soon be convinced that teaching was the life for me and would go on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Being witness to educational strategies that I found outdated, motivated me to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Wesleyan College.  Oh, the places I’d go!  My first teaching experience would take me to Idlewild Elementary School, home of the mighty wildcats, where I attended 1st grade.  My next adventure would take me from that 10 room school house with an auditorium to a brand new building a.k.a. Rogers Creek Elementary School, home of the brave warriors, where I currently teach.   The school was consolidated to make room for more students.  What a rewarding experience!  Like Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor, I learned many valuable lessons from my students.  In the midst of this career path, I had a continuous desire to learn even more.  Tusculum College would be my next stop where I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Being of sound mind and preparing for future endeavors, I am still a teacher at Rogers Creek Elementary School where we have almost tripled in size from that 10 room school house.  While I enjoy being a classroom teacher, it is time to decide what I want to be when I grow up.  A super, wonderful, very good, awe inspiring man helped me to realize that I want to teach because of the magical moments that I spend in the classroom with my students.   I want to nurture children and be the person that lifts them up.  I want them to feel like they could soar with the eagles if they put their mind to it.  I want my classroom to be an exciting adventure land.  Perhaps I will only plant seeds that I may never see flower, but I will start a famine of knowledge in the minds of children and stimulate their desire for learning.  Finally, I want students to find their niche in my classroom and to feel their own magical powers.  As they do, I want to encourage them to travel beyond the classroom and access an ambiance suitable for their enrichment.  “Learning is finding out what you already know, doing is demonstrating that you know it, teaching is reminding others that you know it as well as you do.  We are all learners, doers, and teachers.”  Richard Bach  I am a Christian and I am hooked on Jesus because he places each child in my classroom for a reason.

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