All About Me

     I am thrilled to be a teacher at East Lake.  I truly feel like teaching is my calling and I love what I do.  This is my twelvth year at East Lake teaching fifth grade.  Before that, I was an eighth grade teacher for 14 years.  I taught for eight years at Union Grove Middle School and six years at Stockbridge Middle School.  I taught math and language arts in middle school. 

    When I was in the fifth grade at Fairview Elementary I knew that I would one day be a teacher.  I loved everything about what a teacher did.  My fifth grade teacher Mr. Moore let me help with filing papers, grading (at the time apparently that was okay) and he told me that he was certain that one day I would be a teacher.  The next year, my last year of elementary school (6th grade), I had two teachers, Ms. Mendenhall and Ms. Schlueter.  I loved them so much and wanted to be just like them.  I didn't always know that I would teach elementary school but I KNEW I would be a teacher.  I am blessed to come to work everyday to a job that I love.  Don't get me wrong, it is very hard work, but it is so rewarding.  

    I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in 1994 in Middle School Education.  After that, I earned my Master's Degree from Georgia State University in 1996.  I then went on to State University of West Georgia to earn my Education Specialist Degree in 1998. 

    I have been married to my high school sweetheart Allen for 25 years.  We have three children.  Bryce, 21, is a junio at Georgia College.  Sydney, 20, is a sophomore at Georgia College.  Lastly, Avery, 14, is an 8th grader at UGMS.  We have a great time as a family just being together.  When I have time, I enjoy traveling with my family, spending time with my friends, and spending time involved with the youth ministry at Salem Baptist Church.
    My husband Allen and me in Charleston My Family at Disney World My Family My son's graduation
    I feel blessed to have a job that I love waking up to each day. Every day brings on a new challenge!