Elon University (Religious Studies)
Appalachian State University (Master's)
My experience stems from 13 years in Christian Education and Youth Ministry in the United Methodist Church, followed by 8 years in a private Christian School, serving as Media Coordinator, Computer Instructor, Visual Arts Teacher, and Theatre Arts Teacher. I also coached the school's Battle of the Books team as well as coached JV and Varsity Cheerleading. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elon University in Religious Studies, with double minors in Music and Theatre Arts. I have my Masters Degree from Appalachian State University in Library Science. My strengths lie in the Arts, as well as English and Reading. I am also a free lance artist, working in multiple mediums (acrylic, ebony, watercolor, etc.), with artwork displayed in many areas of the world.
I have four children of my own, each with their own gifts that make them unique and special children of God. Unfortunately, not every gift is easily celebrated with an A on a report card (my children range from honor student to ADHD identical twins to the youngest born with cerebral palsy.) In my 20+ years of working with children and youth both inside and outside a classroom setting, I have helped many young people discover how their gifts can be used to strengthen their lives and enhance their learning. My personal passions stem from music, art and theatre. Creativity is key in helping students grow in their studies as well as their personal lives. I am a Christian, and have been blessed to be able to use my passions to enhance my faith journey as well as my teaching. I push for every effort to be an A, not necessarily every mark on the paper will reflect that. That is okay. It is okay to not be right all of the time. It is not okay to settle for mediocre. My son is highly gifted at laundry (I know you are laughing.) He has mastered this art and his folding and neatness for a 16 year old are astounding. I remind him often when he is struggling with a concept in science or math -- son, are you giving it the "laundry" effort? He knows exactly what I mean. I believe in celebrating small successes and encouraging and uplifting when we fall short. Life is full of short falls. I believe in looking at the positive and discovering how students can use their personal gifts to their advantage. I will never win a Nobel Prize for Mathematics. It is not my gift. And I am okay with that. God has blessed me with other gifts that I celebrate each day. I look forward to helping your child celebrate their gifts and use them to success. My experience stems from 13 years in Christian Education and Youth Ministry in the United Methodist Church, followed by 8 years in a private Christian School, serving as Media Coordinator, Computer Instructor, Visual Arts Teacher, and Theatre Arts Teacher. I also coached the school's Battle of the Books team as well as coached JV and Varsity
My undergraduate degree is from Elon University in Religious Studies. I served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries in the United Methodist Church for 13 years. I have led countless Bible studies, youth missions, retreats and classes for both youth and adults.