This will be my eighth-year teaching 4th grade ELA at West Side. I have previously taught 1st grade and 3rd grade. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum University. I received my M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Milligan College.
I have been married for 32 years to my high school sweetheart, Ken. Ken is the Marketing and Industrial Services Coordinator at the Elizabethton Electric Department. We are the proud parents of two handsome young men, and one beautiful daughter-in-law. We have recently become grandparents too!
Our oldest son Josh, and daughter-in-law, Shawnee live in Erwin. Josh works at Business Information Systems in Piney Flats as a Quality Assurance Coordinator. Shawnee is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and the owner and manager of Markland Behavioral Services. They are foster parents to a nine-year-old boy and his ten-year-old sister. My husband and I are blessed to be their “Tammaw” and “Kenpaw”! Josh and Shawnee are also “paw”rents to our grandcat, Cricket, and our only granddog, Maggie.
Our youngest son Zac is a Lab Analyst at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and currently working on his master's in chemistry. He lives on our 13-acre family farm in Watauga. He loves to cook, work on the farm, play guitar, and hang-out with his friends. Zac is a proud "paw"rent to our grandcats Einstein and Newton.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, participate in regional living history events, travel, read, cook, and paint.