4th Grade Teacher
I am a 1983 graduate of Grove High School. I attended one year at Northeast Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK and then transferred to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where I graduated in 1990.
My degree is a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. During my time teaching in Texas, I obtained certification as an ESL Certified Instructor, which means I have been trained in the best methods and practices for instructing students who are just learning English as their second language.
In 2012 I decided I missed teaching way too much to stay away any longer. I was hired to teach 2nd grade Math at the Elementary School, looping up to 3rd grade with the same group of students the next year. I remained in 3rd grade for two more years before moving to 4th grade at the Upper Elementary in 2016. This is now my second year on the 4th grade team. I teach Math, Science, and Social Studies, and I'm loving every minute of it.
My first teaching job was in 3rd grade at Maudrie M. Walton Elementary in Fort Worth, TX. After one year in the big city, I found I was much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, clicking my heals and reciting "There's no place like home, there's no place like home." I moved back home to be a Grove Ridgerunner for the next 13 years. During that time I taught Kindergarten for 9 years, 4th grade for 3 years, and 5th grade Math for 1 year. In 2004 I took a position with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD in Saginaw, TX just outside Fort Worth, where I taught 1 year of 3rd grade, 3 years of 5th grade Math and 3 years of 5th grade Reading/Language Arts.
Life happened, so to speak, and our family felt the need to move back to Oklahoma in February of 2011, this time in the Jay/Maysville area. I worked for almost a year and a half at Grand Savings Bank in Grove, first as a teller and then in the Loan Department.
I am blessed to have two beautiful daughters. Tori graduated from Jay in 2012. Most people recognize her as Nurse Tori in our building. Teagan is a 2018 Jay graduate and is currently working as a teaching assistant in a 3 and 4 year old Headstart program.
Growing up I had two main interests: music and reading. With great pride, I admit I was a "band geek" and a "book nerd"!
Some of my best memories are from years spent in the "Pride of Grove Marching Ridgerunner Band". That love of music has continued and encompasses a pretty wide range in genres. I don't play many instruments now, but I do find it very pleasurable to listen to music at pretty much anytime of the day or night, singing along of course. Given the opportunity, I love attending live concerts.
From before I can remember, my mom read to me and instilled a love of reading in my life. As with music, I read from a variety of genres, and I like reading books that come in a series. When my girls see me with a new book they roll their eyes and say "Great! Mom started another book! Looks like we're on our own for awhile!"
In addition to music and reading, I enjoy a variety of sports, baseball being my favorite. I am a huge Texas Rangers fan and have season tickets to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.