I have always had a love of teaching from an early age playing school, babysitting every summer, and taking on an internship in High School to work with a classroom of hearing-impaired students. I received the NC Teaching Fellows scholarship in my senior year of High School and started my education career at Lenoir-Rhyne University. I began student teaching in first grade at Blackburn Elementary in 2014 and received my first teaching job the next school year in second grade at Blackburn. I taught for 5 years within Blackburn Elementary, moving from second grade to sixth grade and ending in fifth grade. I enrolled at Gardner Webb University for a Masters in Executive Leadership Studies in 2017. After graduating with my Master's Degree in 2019, I interviewed and received the job of Assistant Principal at Claremont Elementary. I loved my time as a classroom teacher, but I knew I was called to make a larger impact on students and communities through a role in administration. My diverse experiences through camp counseling, traveling to Ireland to experience their education system, taking a bus tour of the school systems throughout North Carolina, teaching in Kenya, and working at Kids In College through Lenoir-Rhyne University have all given me a unique perspective through which I view education.
B.A. Elementary Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University
M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision
M.A. Executive Leadership Studies, Gardner Webb University
I truly believe education is a calling, and through my faith, my pursuit of a career began. I was further influenced by my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. White. She was very loving and creative and made each student in her class feel special while also holding high standards. I vividly remember "constellation math," where she would turn out the lights and all the students would lie on the floor with our notebooks while she turned the projector on to the ceiling with math problems. She taught us all double dutch at recess and played along with our silly imaginations. She influenced me to be a teacher who reaches beyond the curriculum into the minds and hearts of students to let them know they are cared about and encouraged to be anything they dream to be.
Favorite Place in Catawba County
My favorite places in Catawba County include Corinth Reformed Church, Tastefull Beans Coffee Shop, Udderly Delicious Ice Cream and all the beautiful parks in the area.
I joined Catawba County Schools because the mission of the system as a whole has always been and continues to be about educating the whole child.