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Education

When I was a child, my family would move about every four years. I started preschool in Kansas City. I started elementary school in Wichita, KS. In fifth grade, we moved to Germantown, TN, where we stayed for quite a while. I graduated from Germantown High School.

I attended the University of Memphis (go Tigers!) for undergraduate and graduate studies. My first block of student teaching was completed at Northaven in Memphis. My second block of student teaching was completed in Sydney, NSW, Australia. That was years ago and I am still so excited I got to go to Sydney for two months!



Experience

Once I was done with student teaching, I taught fifth grade in Arkansas for one year. Then, I moved back to the Memphis area, completed my license in special education, and worked at a school in Memphis teaching special education for seven years.

My mom, who had been ill for some time, needed more care. That is when I found a job at a private school that allowed me the flexibility I needed to care for her. I spent the next seven years working there.

In 2015, I began working at Hernando Hills Elementary School (go Tigers!) as a special education teacher.



Bio

It is my pleasure to teach at HHES! I teach second grade inclusion. I graduated in 2001 from The University of Memphis with a degree in Education. I am currently in my 11th year of teaching special education and my fourth year with Desoto County Schools. I also have 7 years of experience in general education.

My husband, Tom, and I live in Olive Branch. We have one daughter, Olivia, who is 12 years old. As Olivia likes to say, she also has three puppy siblings, Rocky, Ruby, and Rebel, and a cat named Bela.

 

I believe each and every child, no matter what their level of functioning, has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. As a special needs teacher, my responsibility is to help all exceptional children develop their potential by believing in them as a capable individual. It is my duty to assist them in expanding their knowledge and skills to the fullest extent possible to ensure they become as independent and productive as they can.