Nov 11 10 - 06:46 PM
School: Kings Chapel Elementary
Background: My hometown is Manchester, Georgia. I lived there until I was in the 9th grade and then we moved, after my parents divorced, to Warner Robins Georgia. I was supposed to graduate in the year of 1987; however, I did not graduate until 1988 due to having Hodgkin’s disease. After graduating, I attended college at Macon State and received a few college credits, but it was very difficult due to my illness. I married in 1992 and had my first child in 1994 and my second in 1997. I stayed at home with my children and became very involved in my oldest child’s school career. That is when my passion for children began to grow, and I knew that teaching was my destiny! When my second child started pre-k, I started back to school myself. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from Georgia Southwestern University. I have been teaching in Houston County for 6 years now, and it is no doubt the best school system in the world to work for!
Why Teaching? : I truly believe that everyone should wake up everyday and do what they love. I am very blessed to have a career that enables me to do this. I feel very natural and comfortable around children, and I think children sense the same from me. I absolutely love to watch children learn and become independent workers. I teach them to have the confidence to try and to keep trying!
Best Part of Teaching: Teaching kindergarten enables me to enjoy watching children become readers and writers for the first time. Seeing the look in their eyes when they realize that they can read and write is such a surreal feeling.
Most Challenging Part of Teaching: The most challenging part of teaching is remembering that you must always keep learning fun and exciting. I know that as a teacher I am on a mission and that mission is to make sure that my students are successful learners; however, it is just as important to make sure that learning is fun so that they can develop that love and passion for learning themselves.
If Not Teaching, What? There is nothing in this world that I would rather be doing!!!!
Advice to Students: Remember that the words can’t and won’t do not fit into your vocabulary. You must always try and be risk takers to become successful.
Advice to Parents: Read and learn with your children. It can be some of the best memories that you can create with your child, and it can help them to realize how important learning is.
Home Life: I have been married to my husband, Daniel, for almost 18 years now. We have two wonderful girls, Brittany who is 16 and attends Perry High School and Cally who is 13 and attends Perry Middle School. I love reading and walking. Both of my girls are cheerleaders, and I am very involved in learning with them and supporting all of the things that they love! That is what keeps me very busy. We have been attending Crosspoint Baptist Church.
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