I am married, and I have two children, Kiley and Marianna. I live about 35 minutes from BHS (so don't tell me you overslept and were late to our class!!!) on a small farm. We have three horses, three dogs, three cats, two bunnies, two goats, and lots of chickens and ducks. My hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, baking, riding horses, and spending time with my family.
The 2016-2017 school year will be my sixth year at BHS and my thirteenth year teaching. I graduated from The University of Virginia's College at Wise with a B.A. in English and from Old Dominion with a Master's of Science in Education.
Although I have lived in Virginia my whole life, I only recently moved to the Lynchburg area. I grew up in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., and I spent several years in far Southwestern Virginia attending school and teaching.
If my high school teachers knew that I became a teacher, I think they would be surprised. Many teachers know at an early age that they want to spend their career as a teacher, but I didn't. In fact, I was just an okay student when I was in high school. I spent most of my time showing horses, and I was convinced I was going to become a vet. When I went to college, I struggled in my chemistry and upper-level math classes, but I excelled in English. An English professor wrote a note on one of my essays that said, "If majoring in science doesn't work out, we'd love to have you in the English department." And so, plan B was born. I majored in English, and here I am! Even though I didn't become a vet, I still enjoy having my menagerie of animals of my little farm.
The 2016-2017 school year will be my fifth year at BHS and my seventh year teaching. After high school, I took some time off because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. I eventually went back and graduated with a B.A. in Human Services and then attended Liberty University for my Master's in the Art of Teaching-Special Education.
I have two sons, Gavin
and Brayden. Gavin, 15, is a Freshman at BHS and Brayden, 10, is in 5th
grade a LRES. Both of my boys are involved sports and have me running all over
town (and sometimes the state) regularly for practices and games.
In the off chance I have spare time, I love to read and spend time with my family. I am a huge sports fanatic and spend my weekends watching football.
I have always lived in this area and in fact, I am a 1999 graduate of Brookville High School. As a teenager, I had big dreams of leaving Lynchburg, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to raise my children here. I am happy that they will be attending the same schools I attended at their age.