I grew up in Alexander County and attended Taylorsville Elementary, East Junior High School, and Alexander Central. I studied at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2003-2006 to pursue a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications. After studying abroad in London and volunteering at a school there during the summer of 2005, I felt called to change my major and become a teacher. I transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne University in the fall of 2006 and completed student teaching at Viewmont Elementary before graduating in 2007.
I was hired to teach 3rd grade at Sugar Loaf Elementary in 2007. My first year of teaching was a busy one as my husband and I were building a house and planning our wedding. Even so, I loved every minute of it and felt reassured that teaching was the Lord's plan for my life. I was awarded "First Year Teacher of the Year" for our county and married my husband Adam in July of 2008. The following year, I moved to 4th grade and spent another year with those wonderful "first students" of mine. I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in 2010 and received National Board Certification in 2015.
My husband Adam and I live in Hiddenite with our sons Carson (7) and Chase (2). We attend Crosspoint Church. I love to read, travel, shop, and spend time outdoors, and I'm thankful for a job I love in a great community like Sugar Loaf! My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with my students and their families, and I look forward to doing that each school year.