About Myself:I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. I graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in History and English with a concentrationin middle and high school Language Arts and Social Studies,and earned my Master's in Education from Furman University.I taught middle school in South and North Carolina for thirteen years before taking several years off to raise my family. I also worked as a preschool music teacher during that time, and earned my reading certification from Appalachian State, elementary education certification from Salem College, and Academically Gifted certification from UNC-Charlotte. I taught at Lewisville Elementary for twelve years prior to coming to Southwest. This will be my fifth year teaching academically gifted students. I am passionate about meeting the needs of gifted students and helping them reach their potential.I really enjoy teaching, and particularly enjoy the enthusiasm that upper elementary children have for learning. Both of our sons came through the AIG program, and it gave them an excellent foundation for middle and high school and for college. Our older son is a senior religion major and music minor at Wake Forest University (where he plays trumpet in the Wake Forest Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra) and our younger son received the Angelo scholarship at NC State, where he is majoring in engineering and plays trumpet in the marching band. When the boys were in high school, my husband and I were quite involved with the Reagan Band of Raiders and with their Scout troop (both boys are Eagle Scouts). We lost our sweet 13-year-old beagle, Abby, in August, and recently adopted a pair of beagle-foxhound brothers from a rescue organization.