A Michigan native, I moved to North Carolina at a young age and was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. I graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School ('90), and completed my undergraduate studies at East Carolina University ('94), where I majored in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration. I attended East Carolina University School of Medicine for three years. After almost a decade in eastern Carolina, I returned to Winston-Salem to be with my family. I began a rewarding career in teaching where I spent eleven years educating young people in the environmental, physical, and life sciences. In addition to science education, I have instructed courses in history and in the foreign languages (French I-IV). After years in the classroom, I served as the WSFCS K-12 Science Program Manager. It was in this role that I was able to assess our district’s comprehensive science program, add course offerings to our secondary school programs, secure state and federal grants, foster partnerships to build future scientists, and work with teachers and administrators to deliver the best possible science program. My education background has provided me with a solid, inquiry-laden foundation and a comprehensive science knowledge of which I am proud. I believe teaching is a real gift. Connecting with individuals through teaching and learning fulfills my educational purpose.
I received a Master of School Administration degree in Educational Leadership from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University ('08). During my graduate program I received quality administrative training under esteemed leaders at both the elementary and secondary levels. I most recently completed eight years as Assistant Principal at North Forsyth High School. During my tenure at North Forsyth, I am most proud of my work with incoming freshmen through the development of an incentive program to meet unique student needs and facilitate timely matriculation despite hardships and obstacles. Extending myself and my service to enhance conditions that maximize teaching and learning fulfills my administrative purpose.
Of all things great and small, I am most proud of my role as mommy. I am the mother of a loving, energetic, sassy, and very independent eleven-year-old daughter. She is my blessing. Together, we love to worship, travel, spend time with family and friends, and share our life with Mr. Cobie-Cinnabon, my thirteen-year-old Shetland Sheepdog who won my heart thirteen years ago.
I am excited to begin year three at Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technology High School. Camel pride!