- Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from UA
- Master's Degree in Elementary Education from UA
- Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Math from UA
I started my career as a permanent substitute at Verner Elementary School (a public school in the Tuscaloosa City School System).
Then, I taught 6th grade at Holy Spirit Elementary School for 7 years (a parochial school in Tuscaloosa, AL that was part of the Diocese of Birmingham). I left Holy Spirit when I was given the opportunity to teach full time at The University of Alabama. For 2 years I taught an introductory course to the Teaching Profession, and Math Methods courses for students majoring in elementary education, special education, and those students majoring in MAP (Multiple Abilities Program). I became a trainer for AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) while teaching at UA, and I continue to do so. Now, I am a kindergarten teacher at Northport Elementary School. This is my 7th year here. I enjoy being part of this school family, and love seeing the excitement pour from my students when they are learning!
I consider myself lucky to have had opportunities to teach a variety of ages, abilities, and ethnicities. I plan to teach for as long as my body will let me!
I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shortly after being born, my family moved to Illinois, and then to the Everglades in South Florida. In the Everglades we lived next door to my grandmother and grandfather who were authors. I attended kindergarten there. My family then moved to Naples, Florida which is where I grew up. I went to school from 1st grade through 12th grade in Naples, before coming to Alabama to attend college. My husband, Matthew, is from Mobile, Alabama and we have been married for 16 years. We don't have any personal children of our own, but I like to say that I am a mother to hundreds of children!