I am a graduate of Appalachian State University. I graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Theatre Arts. In 2008, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I earned a Graduate Certificate in School Leadership from Appalachian in 2015. Most recently, I graduated from ASU with an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership in 2016.
In 2004, I completed an internship in Kindergarten at Bethel, this experience helped me realize my love of working with young children. I completed my student teaching in Kindergarten at Boiling Springs Elementary School in Shelby, NC. I then taught Third Grade for one year and Kindergarten for four years at BSES. In 2008, I was honored as Boiling Springs Elementary's Teacher of the Year and was selected as a finalist for Cleveland County Schools' Teacher of the Year. In 2010, I became the Curriculum Technology Coordinator at Springmore Elementary School and enjoyed supporting the work of our teachers. I served as an Assistant Principal at Springmore from 2015-2017. I have served as Principal at Bethel School since August of 2017.
I am an adjunct professor in the Special Education & Child Development Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I teach "Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities". I have also served as an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Department at Cleveland Community College where I taught various topics related to school-aged children.
I enjoy leading professional development sessions on various topics related to elementary education. I am known for my passion for education and for communicating the need for teachers to purposefully plan every minute to make the most of daily instruction. I have presented at state conferences including the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics, North Carolina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants, and the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators. I have presented on topics such as Common Core transition, best practices in mathematics instruction, and educational trends. I enjoy presenting at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee and Ocracoke, North Carolina where I have strategies for engaging learners and provided support for National Board Candidates and beginning teachers.
For more information on my teaching experience and presentations, please see my vitae.