I am the oldest of five children and was raised in the Midwest--Michigan to be exact. My family and I moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when I was sixteen, where I attended and graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School. I went on to Appalachian State University to receive a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. I have been married for 18 years to my husband, Theron, who was born and raised in North Carolina.
I am beginning my 22nd year of teaching at St. Leo Catholic School. This will be my 23rd teaching in the Diocese of Charlotte. In all, I am working on my 27th year of teaching. My first teaching job was third grade at Our Lady of Grace. I went on to substitute teach in the public school system which led me to a part-time Reading Teacher position at Ibraham Elementary. During this time, I became an Academic Language Therapist, teaching reading, writing, and spelling skills to dyslexic students using the Orton-Gillingham method, while being mentored and employed by Dr. Lucia Karnes, who was an internationally respected and well-known psychologist in the field of Dyslexia. This brought me to teach at Jefferson Day School, where I continued using my Orton-Gillingham training to work in an alternative academic setting for three years. Now, at St. Leo, I continue to use these teaching skills which address the different learning needs of all students. I am also a member of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.