I am beyond excited to be a part of the dynamic staff here at Atkins. When I was in high school, teaching was not something I thought I was capable of doing. I wanted to be an actress and singer. Not the best career choice for an introvert who happened to also be tone-deaf. So, my first year of college I majored in English because I loved to read. At the time, I thought I’d end up as a journalist or writer of some sort. Working my way through college, I worked in the hospitality industry, as an interpreter for hearing impaired students, and as an administrative assistant for an attorney, an insurance agent, and a real estate broker. One day, I volunteered as an intern for a teacher in my hometown. I remember being so marveled by her. This teacher was so poised, and her students, so attentive. I could actually “see” the light bulb going off in their heads. From that moment on, I knew I was a teacher. Someone who could shepherd students onto a new path, navigate them through rocky waters, and cheer in celebration at their victories.I am certified in Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, High School Science, and Technology Education. I earned a M.A in Science Education. Additionally, I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Science. As an eternal optimist, I am always dreaming of the next degree or certification.The majority of my time is spent reading and learning about a myriad of topics and issues or spent in contemplation just being grateful for the life and liberties I so enjoy. I also love to travel with my wonderful husband or go bike riding with my daughter. On weekends, you will find me cooking, gardening, hiking or doing volunteer work.I know you will enjoy your time spent here at Atkins, a school that will provide you with a strong academic foundation and excellent opportunities for enrichment. May your thirst for learning never be quenched!