I graduated from Warren High School in 1980. That fall I attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where I graduated in 1984 with a major in English and a minor in history. After teaching a few years, I enrolled in the informational media/library science program at the University of Central Arkansas where I received my Masters of Science in 1994. In order to extend my certification beyond secondary, I took some more graduate classes in 2010 and became certified for K-12 Library Science.
I began teaching at Wilmar High School in 1987, where I was the only English teacher for grades 7-12. The following year, I was hired to teach 10th grade English at Monticello High School. In 1993 I transferred to the library, where I worked as the media specialist while attending UCA at night, on Saturdays, and during the summer. I stayed in this position for ten years before transferring to Warren Junior High School, where I taught 7th grade English for two years. In 2004, I took a teaching job at Woodlawn High School as an English teacher. In 2009 I became the school district’s library media specialist, a position I still hold and enjoy!
I have been happily married to my husband David since 1984. We have two children of whom we are extremely proud. Justin, our son, married his wife Ashley in 2011. They have a little girl named Josie Lynn, who is the our only grandchild. Our daughter Devyn is finishing up her last semester at Lyon College where she is majoring in Political Science. She plans to begin law school upon her graduation from Lyon.
When I am not working, I enjoy music. I play piano, violin, and a little dulcimer. I also enjoy gardening, decorating, and anything outdoorsy, such as camping, fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, etc. My favorite relaxation activity is reading fiction, biographies, and historical nonfiction.