Much of my work experience is in the field of automotive manufacturing. I began my career by studying vocational electronics in high school and continued it by serving as a Special Electronic Devices Repairman in the U.S. Army from 1977-1980. Later I worked as an Engineering Lab Aide, building and testing complex equipment for Chrysler’s military electronics division. I transferred to commercial electronics manufacturing for Chrysler’s automotive products and subsequently held titles of Quality Control Analyst, Statistical Process Control analyst and Quality Control Engineer. In 1986 I was certified by the American Society for Quality Control as a Quality Control Engineer and a couple of years later as a Quality Systems Auditor. After leaving Chrysler in 1991 I continued to work as a QC Engineer, QC Manager, Manufacturing Manager, and Project Manager.
In 2003 I changed careers and enrolled full-time at the University of Georgia.
I graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a GPA of 3.89 and two degrees:
In 2006 I began my teaching career. I was hired to teach American Government and World History at Monroe Area High School. A year and a half later Milton Warren, our drafting teacher retired. Based on my work experience I was offered the opportunity to teach Engineering Drawing and Design and advise the school chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA). At the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year our county and school began offering a new set of courses in Engineering Technology. We relocated from the old drafting room into a new 3500 square foot lab and began teaching this exciting new course. I'm very lucky to have many talented and dedicated students who have transformed teaching from an job into an adventure. I'm proud to serve as faculty advisor to the Monroe Area High School Technology Student Association chapter, which has been named Georgia TSA's Outstanding Chapter for three years running from 2009 through 2011.
- 2009 Tommy Pitchford Outstanding TSA Advisor Award
- April, 2009 Rotary Club Teacher of the Month
- 2009-2010 Monroe Area High School Teacher of the Year
- 2011 CTAE Teacher of the Quarter
- April, 2010 Rotary Club Teacher of the Month
- November, 2011 Rotary Teacher of the Month
- 2011-2012 STAR Teacher