Back when I was young and thought I knew what I was doing, I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. I spent ten years in the business but needed something more. I was finally grown up enough to know.
So in 2004, I went back to school while working full time at the Knoxville News Sentinel. Eventually I earned a master's in English with a minor in secondary education. I do not regret the decade in the news business -- it taught me many things. However, I love that I have been called to teach. It is a privilege to serve you, my community, in this capacity.
Before starting at Anderson County High School in 2013-14, I taught at Fulton High School in Knoxville for six years.
Before that, I had plenty of other jobs -- so many that I'm sure my parents were thinking, "JUST PICK SOMETHING!"
I've worked in Indiana, Northern Virginia, and Knoxville in newspapers in some capacity, whether it was a weekly military paper or a daily small-town paper or a large city paper. I was nearly always a copy editor, which meant night and weekend hours. That's a tough row to hoe.
In between those times, I waitressed, I bartended, I was a Washington, D.C., tour guide. I've loved it all, and I wouldn't change any of it. Teaching, however, has been the toughest of all my jobs. It is also the most fulfilling and the most rewarding. It has kept my attention for nine years, and I have no desire to do anything else. What a tremendous ride so far!
I love Banana Laffy Taffys and the jokes on the wrappers.
I have one sister and three brothers. I have 17 nieces and nephews. Or is it 18? I forget. We've all lost count. Anyway, I'm the second oldest.
I have snakes in my garage. Not by choice.
I like home-improvement projects.
I can write in a perfectly straight line all the way across a whiteboard.
I love to read, mostly late late late late late at night.
Mowing the yard is fun; unloading the dishwasher is not.
I grew up on a farm.
I seem to be genetically incapable of sending a one-line e-mail. I always have about a paragraph's worth of stuff to say.
I enjoy school every day, even the ones that don't go as planned.