Educate, Empower, Encourage
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Degree in Elementary Education-Newberry College Masters Degree -Cambridge College Boston, Mass National Board Certified-Renewed & Maintained 2001/2011/2021 AGP Certified Language & Literacy Endorsed
Welcome to 3rd Grade!
Hello there. Please allow me to tell you just a little about myself. I was born and grew up in Greer, S.C., located in the upstate. I am a Newberry College graduate, and was recently inducted into the Master Teachers Hall of Fame. I earned my Masters Degree in Elementary Instruction from Cambridge College in Boston, MA. What an experience meeting teachers from all over the country. I have achieved 30 plus, plus hours beyond my Masters Degree in literacy, technology, and best practices, mainly from Coastal Carolina and the College of Charleston. I'm proud to say I earned National Board Certification in 2002, renewed in 2011 and completed and passed my MOA (Maintenance of Certification) this past November 2021. Therefore, I am good until I retire. I am also AGP and Language & Literacy endorsed.
I have three wonderful young adult/adult children. Addison, my oldest, is 32 years old, Marquis is 28 and Kelsey is 24. Addison lives and works in Myrtle Beach and my younger two are here in Columbia. I have two cats and a dog. They all keep me pretty busy. Helping my children figure out how to navigate life, especially with all that is going on in the world, is my new role as a parent.
This will be my 39th year of teaching, all in District Five. I taught at Chapin Elementary School before there was a Lake Murray Elem. I was Teacher of the Year at CES in 1991. In 2004-05 I was selected Teacher of the Year for LMES and then chosen to be District TOY. I was the first African American District TOY for District Five. I was also a top 5 finalist for State Teacher of the Year. I LOVE my profession and I still strive to be the BEST educator that I can be! I enjoy learning something new each day. In my free time, I enjoy watching old movies (Shawhank Redemption), shopping (Anywhere), reading (I'm in two book clubs), and football (all levels). However, my most FAVORITE NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers! It runs deep in my family. There will be tons of black and gold gear worn all year.
If ever you have questions or concerns, PLEASE come to me first. Email, call, or send a note. Together, we are going to have an "Awesome" year.