I graduated from East Carolina University in the Spring of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Prior to graduation, I began sending applications and resumes out to every school in and around Rowan County. I interviewed at Salisbury High School shortly after graduation and I knew almost immediately that this would be the place that I called home. Fall 2020 will be my ninth year, teaching Early Childhood Education I and II, along with Counseling and Mental Health I and II.
I am a true product of Rowan Salisbury Schools as I was born and raised in Salisbury, N.C. I am a proud graduate of East Rowan High School as it was at East that I fell in love with education. Mrs. Sharon Shatterly’s Early Childhood Education program is what sparked my initial interest in becoming an educator. I remember telling Mrs. Shatterly, “I think I want to be you when I grow up.” This was when I was introduced to the world of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, a program area provided through Career and Technical Education.
I have always been unapologetically, myself. This fact has gotten me in trouble, but it also landed me here, as Salisbury High School’s TOY. It is in my opinion, by proving each day that I can be myself, my students have gradually gotten more comfortable with expressing their true selves. I welcome everyone, as they are, and I truly believe that this is the reason why my students are often able to find their purpose when spending their time in my classroom. My greatest contribution and accomplishments in education, reside in the West End of Salisbury. I pour my heart and my soul into the students that make up the Salisbury Community and it is evident in each of their faces that I have made a difference in their lives, for the better. I pride myself on meeting my students where they are at and encouraging them to grow, into the best versions of themselves. Through the years, it is clear to see that while I cannot save every student I teach, I can influence every student that I teach, for the better.
When I am not at Salisbury High School, you can find me enjoying life at home with my husband, 3 dogs, 2 cats and numerous plants. I aspire to one day have my own farm so I can add even more fur babies to my life.