Family Woman Hat

To the right is my daughter Cadence, who loves animals and wishes to work with animals when she grows up. Marching to the beat of her own drummer is something she's been doing since before she could march.  She's a cowgirl at heart and refuses to ride her horses English saddle - only Western. Cadence is an artist and her favorite color is rainbow.  I've learned a lot from parenting my daughter.  Cadence has a sleep disorder that impacts her during the day.  Because of this experience, I have been able to view my students with special needs in a
different light. 




 My son Zander is highly active and very academic. He will talk your ear off if you let him . . . and sometimes if you don't.  Zander pushes his limits to the extreme and calculates all of his decisions.  He makes frequent parent-teacher communication imperative.  I am thankful for the opportunity to parent such a lively child, as it gives me the opportunity to understand our strong-willed students. 

This is my husband Lamont (the one on the right).  He's been a middle school teacher since 1998, and he really "gets" middle schoolers.  We met in 1992 and were married in 1997.  Being in a relationship with the same person for as long as we've been together has taugh me much about life, compromise, cooperation, communication, and respect.  My husband and I come from completely different backgrounds and upbringings.  Through serious discussions and (sometimes) arguments, I am able to hear different perspectives of situations.  I bring all of these experiences into my role as an educator and professional developer and even into my writing.